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Does getting an IUD hurt?

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The procedure is uncomfortable. You may have cramps and bleeding, but they tend to go away in a few days. Some women may also feel lightheaded from the pain.

You can have most IUDs placed at any time in your cycle. But it may be more comfortable to have one inserted while you’re having your period. This is when your cervix is most open.

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: "Health Matters Fact Sheets: Hormonal IUD."

CDC: "How effective are birth control methods?"

Mirena Prescribing Information.

Skyla Prescribing Information.

Liletta Prescribing Information.

ParaGard Prescribing Information.

Planned Parenthood: "IUD."

Family Planning Council/Access Matters: "Facts About IUDs."

Kids Health.org: "IUD."

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: Health Matters Fact Sheets: Copper T IUD," "Non-hormonal Contraceptive Methods."

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: "IUD."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Intrauterine Device (IUD)."

Planned Parenthood: “IUD,” "When does an IUD start working?"

Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Intrauterine Device (IUD)."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): IUD and Implant."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs: "Intrauterine Device (IUD) Fact Sheet."

FDA: "Birth Control: Medicines To Help You."

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: "Paragard Vs Mirena: Which IUD Is Best For You?"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: "Health Matters Fact Sheets: Hormonal IUD."

CDC: "How effective are birth control methods?"

Mirena Prescribing Information.

Skyla Prescribing Information.

Liletta Prescribing Information.

ParaGard Prescribing Information.

Planned Parenthood: "IUD."

Family Planning Council/Access Matters: "Facts About IUDs."

Kids Health.org: "IUD."

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: Health Matters Fact Sheets: Copper T IUD," "Non-hormonal Contraceptive Methods."

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: "IUD."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Intrauterine Device (IUD)."

Planned Parenthood: “IUD,” "When does an IUD start working?"

Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Intrauterine Device (IUD)."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): IUD and Implant."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs: "Intrauterine Device (IUD) Fact Sheet."

FDA: "Birth Control: Medicines To Help You."

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: "Paragard Vs Mirena: Which IUD Is Best For You?"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 3, 2019

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