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What To Expect During an IUD Insertion (ParaGard IUD or Mirena IUD)


Updated June 16, 2014

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Preparing for the IUD Insertion
What To Expect During an IUD Insertion (ParaGard IUD or Mirena IUD)

IUDs - Mirena & ParaGard

Photo © 2009 Dawn Stacey
The IUD is a small, T-shaped flexible device that is inserted into the uterus. The Mirena IUD continuously releases a small amount of the progestin levonorgestrel and is effective for 5 years. ParaGard is the only non-medicated IUD available in the United States and can be left in place for up to 10 years. This IUD has copper (which acts as a spermicide) coiled around it. One of the greatest hurdles facing IUD use is that many people have been lead to believe inaccurate information about it.

Before an IUD insertion, some health-care professionals will advise a woman to take an over-the-counter pain management medication, like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as 600 to 800 mg of ibuprofen – Motrin, Advil) an hour before the IUD is inserted.

This may help to minimize the cramps and discomfort that may be caused during the insertion.

Check to see if your doctor’s office has sanitary pads; if not, make sure to bring one from home to use after the insertion in case some bleeding occurs.

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