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How does the doctor insert an IUD?

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Your doctor will insert the IUD during an office visit. She may suggest you take over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen a few hours before the procedure to offset cramping.

The procedure starts out similar to getting a Pap smear. You’ll put your feet in stirrups. The doctor will then place a speculum in the vagina to hold the vagina open.The doctor will put the IUD in a small tube that she’ll insert into your vagina. She’ll move the tube up through the cervix into your uterus. Then she’ll push the IUD out of the tube and remove the tube out. Strings attached to the IUD will hang 1-2 inches into your vagina.

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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