What’s It Like to Get an IUD?
How is an IUD placed and what can you expect? Here our expert explains what you’ll experience.
First of all, congratulations for choosing the birth control method with the lowest failure rate! And if you are having an intrauterine device, or IUD, placed for period-control reasons, good for you, too. Here, Elisa Ross, MD, explains why she thinks you’re going to love it.
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When I place an IUD for one of my patients, it usually takes less than five minutes — and often even less than two.
Here are the initial steps:
You can expect to experience cramping three times, but only for a few seconds each time.
There are three steps:
Just when you think, “that’s far enough!” the arms will deploy and the straw will be removed. Your uterus may cramp in response to this new intruder, but that usually dies down in a few minutes. Ibuprofen and heat can help with that.
Then, the string of the IUD is trimmed and the speculum removed. Now you are all set for the next five to 10 years.
Don’t forget that the IUDs can cause spotting for a few months after insertion. Just bear with it, and you will eventually be rewarded with great results.