Before having an
intrauterine device (IUD) inserted, you will probably
Before and during the procedure, the doctor
- Explains the procedure, risks, and benefits of
- Gives you a pain reliever, such as
- Has you lie on the exam table on your back with your
feet in stirrups as you would for a
pelvic exam or
- Inserts a
speculum into your vagina and does a pelvic exam to
check that you do not have an obvious pelvic infection. The health professional
will also check the position of your uterus.
- Swabs your cervix with
- May inject an
anesthetic into your cervix.
- Inserts a
probe through your cervix to determine how far the IUD should go into your
- Loads the IUD into the insertion tube, which flattens the
arms of the IUD that form the top of the "T."
- Inserts the IUD
through your cervix into your uterus.
- Pulls the insertion tube all
the way out.
- Trims the IUD string to
about 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the
- Removes the forceps and speculum.
You may have some cramping during the procedure.
Your doctor will ask you to feel the string in your
vagina before leaving the exam room so you will know how to check for IUD
placement each month after each period.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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