IUD Fitment – What is it Like to Have an IUD Fitted?

IUD Fitment – What is it Like to Have an IUD Fitted?

IUD Fitment – What is it Like to Have an IUD Fitted?

 

IUDs (intra-uterine devices) and IUB’s (intra-uterine balls) are very effective, convenient, long acting, and have very high satisfaction rates compared to other methods. They don’t require remembering anything (like taking a pill every day) and are safe for women who cannot use birth control containing oestrogen.

 

They can be removed at any time by a doctor if you do not like them or want to get pregnant. IUDs are rapidly reversible, meaning that fertility will return very quickly after removal. Copper IUDs are the mostly effective method of emergency contraception and can be inserted up to seven days after unprotected sex – and are the longest lasting types of non-hormonal contraceptives available to women.

 

But, what about the fitment? This is where it gets sticky for most women, as they’ve heard horror stories of “how painful” it was to have fitted, a  story passed down from a friend’s mothers cousin’s third-removed aunt.

 

The truth is, they’re lying. Newer methods which have not been “tried and tested” by older generations typically get flack for issues which are simply not theirs.

 

We’re here to debunk that.

 

How is an IUD fitted?

First, your gynaecologist or doctor will ask you some questions about your medical history. Then they’ll check your vagina, cervix, and uterus, and they may test you for STDs. You may be offered medicine to help open and/or numb your cervix before the IUD is put in.

To put the IUD in, the nurse or doctor will put a speculum into your vagina and then use a special inserter to put the IUD in through the opening of your cervix and into your uterus. The process usually takes less than five minutes.

IUDs can be put in at any point in your menstrual cycle, and you can usually get one put in right after giving birth. .

 

Is it Sore to Fit an IUD?

People usually feel some cramping or pain when they're getting their IUD placed. The pain can be worse for some, but luckily it only lasts for a minute or two.

Some doctors tell you to take pain medicine before you get the IUD to help prevent cramps. They also might inject a local numbing medicine around your cervix to make it more comfortable.

Some people feel dizzy during or right after the IUD is put in, and there's a small chance of fainting. You might want to ask someone to come with you to the appointment so you don't have to drive or go home alone, and to give yourself some time to relax afterward.

 

What to Expect After Fitting Your IUD?

Many people feel perfectly fine right after they get an IUD, while others need to take it easy for a while. There can be some cramping and backaches, so plan on chilling at home after your appointment — it’s a great excuse to curl up on the couch with your favourite book or movie. Heating pads and over-the-counter pain meds can help ease cramps too.

 

You may have cramping and spotting after getting an IUD, but this almost always goes away within 3-6 months. Hormonal IUDs eventually make periods lighter and less crampy, and you might stop getting a period at all. On the flip side, copper IUDs may make periods heavier and cramps worse. For some people, this goes away over time. If your IUD is causing you pain, discomfort, or side-effects you don’t like, call your doctor.

 

Once you get the IUD, a string about 2 -5 cm long will come out of your cervix and into the top of your vagina; don’t worry, you won’t notice it. The string is there so a nurse or doctor can remove the IUD later. You can feel the string by putting your fingers in your vagina and reaching up toward your cervix. But DON’T tug on the string, because you could move your IUD out of place or pull it out.

 

There's a very small chance that your IUD could slip out of place. It can happen any time, but it's more common during the first 3 months. IUDs are most likely to come out during your period. Check your pads, tampons, or cups to see if it fell out. You can also check your string to make sure it’s still there. If your IUD falls out, you’re NOT protected from pregnancy, so make sure to go see your doctor, and use condoms or another kind of birth control in the meantime.

 

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h/t to plannedparenthood.com for the great info!