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IUD Insertion - Topic Overview

Before having an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted, you will probably have:

Before and during the procedure, the doctor usually:

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  • Explains the procedure, risks, and benefits of the IUD.
  • Gives you a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen.
  • Has you lie on the exam table on your back with your feet in stirrups as you would for a pelvic exam or Pap test.
  • 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 antiseptic.
  • May inject an anesthetic into your cervix.
  • Inserts a probe through your cervix to determine how far the IUD should go into your uterus.
  • 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 cervix.
  • 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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: May 03, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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