IUD Question Answered – From the Day of Fitting to Years Down the Line

IUD Question Answered – From the Day of Fitting to Years Down the Line

IUD Question Answered – From the Day of Fitting to Years Down the Line

 

Getting a T-shaped stick or ball-shaped string of copper spheres inserted into you may sound like no-go territory, but more women are becoming interested in this birth control method: IUD-related appointments have seen a 19 percent increase since November 2016, and we expect a bit of a “non-baby-boom” with the introduction of more advanced, safer forms of Intra-Uterine devices.

 

But what about all the questions you’re too shy to ask, or perhaps have not even thought of? We’ve got you covered.

 

h/t to healthline.com for the great tips.

 

IUD Tips and Tricks #1 – Go Prepared

An IUD insertion might hurt, but it really depends on your pain tolerance, cervix position, and more. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know until appointment day.

 

In most cases, you should be in and out in less than an hour, maybe even 15 minutes. But you should definitely take the rest of the day off, if you can. Some people experience cramps after insertion.

 

For extra comfort, bring a small bag of essentials and wear your comfiest outfit — tracksuit pants and all — for the ride home. Even if you experience zero pain, you’ve still scored a day to yourself. Winning!

 

IUD Tips and Tricks #2 – Don’t freak out if you bleed after it’s fitted

 

Most women will experience some sort of bleeding after insertion — which can be written off as a menstrual miracle if you don’t!

Tip: You actually want to make sure it’s period time (even if you’re not bleeding) during your appointment. During your period, your cervix sits lower and dilates, making it easier for the gynae to insert the IUD.

 

IUD Tips and Tricks #3 – How long is a piece of string?

 

It’s more normal than you think if you can’t find your IUD strings. But an absence of strings doesn’t necessarily mean your IUD has made its great escape inside of your uterus. Sometimes, the strings soften and coil behind your cervix, which can feel like the tip of your nose.

Tip: Cervix length is also a factor, but you need to ask your gynae about that. During your appointment, they’ll be able to explain why you can’t feel your strings if your IUD appears to be in place.

 

IUD Tips and Tricks #4 – It should not hurt during sex

 

Complaints about a poking string during sex may be a sign that your IUD isn’t positioned correctly or that the IUD strings are too long. Feeling the strings during sex may also mean that the strings just haven’t softened yet, which is normal in the first few months. Over time, your partner should not feel the strings at all.

 

Tip: Pain during sex is never the new normal, so schedule an appointment with your gynae if it keeps happening.

 

IUD Tips and Tricks #5 – Skin shouldn’t be influenced

 

Unlike with the pill, hormonal and copper IUDs haven’t been shown to help with acne or those pesky PMS symptoms. Wait a few months to see if your body adjusts. On the flipside, if you had issues when taking a hormonal contraceptive, expect those symptoms to be a thing of the past.

 

IUD Tips and Tricks #6 – Don’t actually set-and-forget

 

An IUD may lower your risk of pregnancy, but your risk of STDs is the same. The only thing worse than an unexplained bump on your nether regions is a bump that keeps coming back from now until eternity. Even with an IUD, you’ll still need to think about STD prevention. 

 

The IUD and IUB typically has more pros than cons. For starters, you don’t have to think about birth control for at least three years, depending on the type you get. Recent research also backs this love of IUDs up. Women who have IUDs are more likely to stick with their birth control than are women who take other methods, like the pill.

 

 

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