The IUD is growing in popularity as a method of birth control. IUDs work by releasing copper or hormones into the uterus, preventing sperm from reaching the egg. IUDs also prevent fertilized eggs from attaching to the uterine walls.
The highly effective nature of the IUD makes it a popular method for preventing pregnancy. Additionally, women can leave their IUDs in for up to five years in many cases. Are you curious about an IUD? Are you unsure if you want to go through the insertion process? Continue reading to see if this type of contraception is right for you.
What Does IUD Insertion Feel Like?
Insertion of the IUD feels different for each person. For some people, insertion feels like a mild cramp because the cervix is opening up slightly. At the same time, some studies suggest that doctors underestimate the level of pain women feel during the insertion process.
If you are worried about the pain of IUD insertion, first consider taking a mild over-the-counter pain reliever, like ibuprofen. If you feel nervous, you might talk to your doctor about stronger medications you can take. You can also request local anesthesia, but try to request it before the appointment.
Also, keep in mind that while women who have not given birth can still get IUDs, women who have gone through labor and delivery report less pain than women who have never had children.
How Does the Doctor Insert an IUD?
First, the doctor may present some methods for numbing to ease some of the common pain associated with device insertion. Next, the doctor will use a speculum, like during any OBGYN appointment, to see into the vagina.
The doctor will measure your cervix and stabilize it. With a special insertion device, the doctor will enter the uterus through the cervix, placing the IUD in position. The entire process takes just a few minutes.
What Happens After IUD Insertion?
According to some women, the cramping may continue after the appointment. Other women report symptoms like fainting and dizziness. You can use pain relievers and heating pads to ease the common symptoms. Otherwise, most women go on to resume normal activities.
If you choose a hormonal IUD, the doctor will likely wish to insert the device while you are menstruating, and he or she will probably ask that you do not use tampons immediately after the insertion.
Keep in mind that IUDs have a small chance of falling out after placement. If you notice anything strange or uncomfortable after insertion, get in touch with your doctor to make sure everything is alright.
Does the IUD Come with Side Effects?
Following insertion, you should be on the lookout for potential side effects. The side effects differ based on whether you have a copper or hormonal IUD. The side effects of the copper IUD include anemia, spotting between periods, cramping, painful sexual intercourse, and more extreme menstrual pain. You may also notice changes in your bleeding patterns.
On the other hand, hormonal IUDs may come with side effects similar to those associated with other hormonal contraception methods. These include headaches, acne, breast tenderness, shifting weight, and mood swings. Some women may also experience intense cramping.
Another common complaint among women who have IUDs is that they can feel a string hanging out of the cervix. The string is typically not noticeable, and you should not pull on it. Tugging the string could cause the IUD to come out of your uterus.
Are you considering an IUD for birth control? Call Dr. Bernard T. Despres today to learn more about birth control options suitable for your situation. Set up an appointment to discuss your future contraception options.