What is an IUD?
- An IUD (intrauterine device) is a small device inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy, and sometimes to control abnormal bleeding with your periods.
- There are several types of IUD’s, and your doctor will determine which one will work best for you.
- An IUD will last from 3-10 years before removal is necessary.
What should I do before the procedure?
- Take the Misoprostol at bedtime the night before the procedure.
- Be sure to eat a small meal prior to your appointment.
- You may also want to take 600-800 mg Ibuprofen on the morning of your procedure to help with cramping.
- It is nice to bring a driver with you, but it is not mandatory.
What should I expect during the procedure?
- A speculum will be placed in the vagina.
- The cervix is cleaned with an iodine solution.
- A measuring device is placed into the uterus so the IUD can be properly placed.
- The IUD is then inserted into the uterus.
- Most women feel mild to moderate cramping during the procedure, but it is well tolerated.
- Once the IUD is inserted, the strings will be trimmed; the strings will not hang out of the vagina.
- At home, you may use Ibuprofen or Tylenol, as well as a heating pad if needed.
- You may return to normal activities right away.
- You may use tampons or pads, as you may have light spotting or bleeding after the procedure.
- An ultrasound will be scheduled following the procedure to determine that the IUD has settled in the correct position.
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