Intrauterine devices (IUDs) have skyrocketed in popularity in the U.S. during recent years. Thousands of women have chosen this method of birth control because it’s long-lasting, effective, and convenient. Before you decide whether an IUD is a right choice for you, talk to your gynecologist. He or she will need to review your health history to make sure an IUD is safe for you. You should also fully understand the potential risks and what to expect.
Women respond differently to IUD insertion. For some, it’s only mildly uncomfortable. Others experience intense cramping. Since there’s no way to tell how you’ll respond to it until you have it, you should plan to take the full day off work—just in case. Go to the Ob/Gyn clinic prepared with a sanitary napkin, over-the-counter pain reliever, and bottle of juice (some women get a little dizzy). If you tend to have low pain tolerance, tell your gynecologist beforehand. He or she might prescribe a slightly stronger pain reliever that you can take before your appointment. Wear comfortable clothes.
The gynecologist may numb the cervix to prevent pain. Otherwise, the appointment will proceed similarly to a pap smear. The doctor will insert a speculum, and then use a special tool to insert the IUD into your uterus. It only takes a few minutes. You’ll likely feel some cramping and discomfort, but it should lessen once the procedure is complete. Drink your juice if you feel faint or dizzy. If you are prone to dizziness, consider having someone else take you home.
Some women do go about their normal routines afterward, but there’s nothing wrong with taking it easy for the rest of the day. Grab your favorite book and use a heating pad. It’s normal to have a little bleeding but call your doctor if you’re concerned.
Contraceptive counseling in Houston is available from the team at Women’s Healthcare Associates. Our doctors routinely perform IUD insertion and removal and are always happy to answer any questions our patients have about their birth control options. Talk to our friendly office staff today by calling 713-654-8128.