THE COPPER IUD: I HAVE IT INSERTED

What happens when I have a Copper IUD inserted? You may be asked to make two medical appointments when you want an IUD. If you have two appointments, on your first visit the doctor will check to make sure that it is safe for you to have a Copper IUD. You will be asked questions about your general and reproductive health. Then the doctor will give you an internal examination, which means they will check your vagina and pelvic area. You will also have a Pap test if you are due for one, and possibly tests for vaginal infections.

If you have a second appointment, that is when you will have the IUD inserted. Otherwise the doctor may insert the IUD straight after you have been examined. Before the IUD is inserted you may be given some tablets to relax your muscles or you may have a local anaesthetic but this is not always needed. In some cases a general anaesthetic may be necessary. Your doctor will tell you what is going to happen.

The procedure takes about 10 minutes. It is not usually painful, though some women find it a bit uncomfortable. You could feel faint while you are having the IUD inserted, or soon after. This usually settles quickly. You will be asked to rest for a while, probably about half an hour, before you leave the clinic, so the doctor can be sure you are all right.

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