Preparing for your IUD appointment
To prepare for your insertion appointment, please ensure you have filled your prescription for your IUD and have it with you when you arrive.
Please take 600 mg of ibuprofen (Advil) one hour before your appointment to assist with comfort.
A doctor or nurse practitioner will put the IUD in through your vagina and into your uterus. Some people feel cramps or pain, but it doesn’t last long and medicine can help.
First, your nurse practitioner or doctor will ask you some questions about your medical history. Then they’ll check your vagina, cervix, and uterus, and they may test you for STIs.
To put the IUD in, the nurse practitioner or doctor will put a speculum into your vagina and then use a special inserter to put the IUD in through the opening of your cervix and into your uterus. The process usually takes less than five minutes.
IUDs can be put in at any point in your menstrual cycle.
How does it feel to get an IUD put in?
People usually feel some cramping or pain when they’re getting their IUD placed. The pain can be worse for some, but luckily it only lasts for a minute or two.
Some people feel dizzy during or right after the IUD is put in, and there’s a small chance of fainting. You might want to ask someone to come with you to the appointment so you don’t have to drive or go home alone, and to give yourself some time to relax afterward. Please eat a light snack before your appointment and stay well hydrated.
If you are unable to attend this appointment, please provide us 24 hours’ notice.
Source: Planned Parenthood