IUDs (intrauterine devices) are effective, convenient and long acting compared to other methods of contraceptives. An IUD can be removed at any time by a physician, and fertility will return very quickly after removal.
The IUD is inserted inside your uterus. The doctor will put some freezing into your cervix, measure the size of your uterus and insert the IUD . You may experience a pinching feeling and/or a sharp cramping pain for a few minutes. Some patients take some Advil before their IUD insertion appointment to help with the pain. You may or may not feel dizziness, sweating and/or nausea after the insertion. It is possible to experience some bleeding as well. You may be asked to rest for about 10 minutes after the IUD insertion to make sure that you are feeling OK to leave.
IUD FOLLOW UP
IUDs have soft strings that hang through the cervix. These strings are used by a health care provider to remove the IUD. Periodically, it may be wise to check if you are able to feel the strings of the IUD by putting your finger inside to the top of your vagina. If you cannot feel the string or the string feels shorter or longer than the last time you checked, or if you feel any hard plastic, then it is recommended to get your IUD checked by a doctor.
During the first 6 weeks, you may want to check the strings more often, because there is a small chance of the IUD coming out. It is also suggested to have the IUD checked by a health care provider every year or whenever you feel that something has changed.
Besides the very small chance of pregnancy or IUD expulsion, there is small chance that the IUD may be piercing into the wall of the uterus (perforation). This usually heals after about two weeks with no long term side effects. Occasionally, it may require a minor procedure to remove the IUD.
On rare occasions, infection may occur in the first three weeks following insertion. If you experience fever or chills, a smelly discharge from your vagina, or unusual lower abdominal pain, contact a doctor or call the clinic to make a follow up appointment.
In addition, you may have irregular spotting at first for up to 3-6 months. You may also experience lighter (less bleeding and cramping) menstruation. Frequently, periods may completely stop, and this is considered safe. A few users will feel hormonal side effects such as headache, moodiness, breast tenderness, bloating and acne.
If you have questions or concerns about the IUD, you can contact us by booking an appointment to see any of our experienced physicians.
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