What Is It Like to Have an IUD Fitted?

What Is It Like to Have an IUD Fitted?

What Is It Like to Have an IUD Fitted?


Once you're fully informed about having a an IUD or IUB device fitted, you'll be asked to schedule the insertion with your gynaecologist on a specific date. This is often at the end of your period (when the flow should be light) - or just after it.


Current advice is that the device should not be fitted during the 'heavy' days of the period. Also, you must make sure you haven't run any risk of pregnancy. A quick blood test should clarify that for you if you have even the slightest doubt.


You'll be asked to take off your underwear and lie on the examination couch. The doctor or nurse will insert the little instrument called a speculum, which lets them see your cervix.


They'll then check the length of your womb with an instrument called a sound. This might hurt slightly.


A very few doctors then inject some local anaesthetic to make the coil insertion less painful. But at the present time, most doctors in the UK feel that this is unnecessary and women seem to agree with them.


All IUDs are flexible so they can go inside a medical instrument, which looks like a drinking straw. The doctor or nurse pushes this 'straw' into your vagina and then through your cervix – and so into your womb. Finally, they eject the IUD from the 'drinking straw' – and it's in!

This whole process usually takes about 10 minutes.


Does it hurt? Yes it is – a bit. In practice, most women say that it's much less unpleasant than a visit to the dentist. Others exclaim in a surprised way: 'Is that it? I thought it would be much worse than that.'


However, a small proportion of women do find it very painful indeed. Some even pass out. The amount of pain you feel depends on various factors, like:


·         how relaxed you are

·         how skilled the doctor is

·         the size and shape of your womb

·         whether you've ever been pregnant – insertions in women who've had babies are usually not very uncomfortable at all.

But there's a lot to be said for taking a mild painkiller an hour or two before the insertion if you like, in order to decrease any discomfort.


What Happens After My IUD or IUB is Fitted?


After the device has been put in, you should rest in the clinic or gynae’s offices for a while.

Don't drive yourself home – just in case you feel faint. If you do feel 'woozy', please tell the doctor or nurse immediately. They will check your pulse and get you to lie down for a while. After an insertion, you may well need to take aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol because you'll probably experience some cramping pain.


Have some pads available, as it's likely you'll lose a little blood that night and over the next few days. (Personally, I advise against using tampons until you have your next period – but after that, tampon use is OK.)


What about love-making?

I have known one or two women who went out and had intercourse immediately after an IUD insertion, but I feel that common-sense suggests that you should give the device 24 hours to settle down before having sex.


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h/t to netdoctor for the great info!