Intra-Uterine Device Insertion
Intrauterine Device (IUD) insertion is a medical procedure in which a small, T-shaped device is placed inside the uterus to provide long-term contraception. IUDs are highly effective at preventing pregnancy and are reversible, meaning fertility returns quickly after removal. There are two main types of IUDs: copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs.
What is an Intra-Uterine Device Insertion?
How effective is an IUD in preventing pregnancy?
IUDs are highly effective contraceptives. Both copper and hormonal IUDs have a very low failure rate, with less than 1% of women experiencing unintended pregnancy within the first year of use.
How is the IUD inserted?
IUD insertion is a medical procedure performed by a healthcare provider. The provider uses a special inserter to place the IUD through the cervix and into the uterus. The procedure typically takes a few minutes and is performed in an office setting.
Does IUD insertion hurt?
The experience of pain or discomfort during IUD insertion varies among individuals. Some women may experience mild cramping or discomfort, while others may find it more intense. Local anesthesia or pain medication may be used to alleviate discomfort.
Can IUD insertion be done at any time during the menstrual cycle?
IUD insertion can generally be done at any time during the menstrual cycle. However, some healthcare providers prefer to perform the insertion during or shortly after a woman’s menstrual period when the cervix is naturally more open.
Can I feel the IUD after insertion?
Once the IUD is inserted correctly, it should not be felt by the woman. The strings of the IUD, which extend just beyond the cervix, are usually the only part that can be felt and are used for later removal.
Can IUDs be used by women who have not had children?
Yes, IUDs can be used by women who have not had children. Both nulliparous women (those who have not given birth) and women who have had children can use IUDs.
Does the IUD protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?
No, IUDs do not protect against STIs. Barrier methods, such as condoms, are recommended for STI prevention.
What You Need to Know Before Your Appointment
It’s best to be prepared when coming in for your appointment and therefore we recommend bringing the following when you visit us
All Previous Investigations
This includes any X-rays, MRI, CT Scans and their reports, new as well as old
List of Your Medications
A well formed list of medications will help us decide which medications will not react with others you might be taking
Previous Surgery Documents
If you have undergone a surgery before, any documents pertaining to that time will be helpful in understand what was done at that time