IUD insertion procedure: what to expect

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intrauterine device, or IUD, is a form of birth control

that last 7 years and is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Placing the IUD may make you nervous but a little understanding

of the procedure should help you feel more at ease.

If you are taking birth control as prescribed

or have a negative pregnancy test, the device can be inserted at any time

you'd like after a discussion with your provider.

During the procedure,

you will lay down on the exam table with both feet in stirrups.

Your provider and a nurse will be in the room

along with any other support person you'd like to bring along.

First, a speculum is placed.

Then several cotton swabs are used to obtain cultures.

An antiseptic solution will be applied.

Then your uterus is measured.

Lastly, the IUD is inserted.

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Make sure you have someone to drive you home after the procedure

and plan to rest the remainder of the day and night.

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