IUD Insertion

The two types of intrauterine devices that are placed at TWG are Mirena and Paraguard.  The specifics for each device are listed in the contraception topic of this website.  Every patient who is having an IUD inserted will need to have cultures of the cervix to rule out a current infection.  The actual insertion of the IUD should only take a few minutes.  Some patients will experience no pain, while others may experience intense menstrual cramps during the insertion.  It is recommended that patients take 600mg of Motrin 30 minutes prior to the appointment time.  Once the IUD is placed, the strings attached will be cut typically to a length of 3cm.  If the patient continues to have cramping after the procedure, it is recommended to take Tylenol or Motrin every 4-6 hours for the next 24 hours.  Heavy bleeding or intense pain not relieved by over the counter medications is not considered normal, and you must call the doctor's office.  A follow-up appointment is scheduled 6 weeks after the procedure to check the IUD's placement.