Intra-uterine Device (IUD) Placement
An intra-uterine device, commonly called an IUD, is a small T shaped copper or silicone device that is placed in the uterus. Both devices can be used to prevent pregnancy. The silicone IUD (Mirena@) also contains a hormone that can provide contraception and it can also decrease menstrual bleeding and cramping. For an IUD placement we recommend that you schedule the procedure during or right after your menstrual cycle (in the first 10 days of the cycle). You should take a small amount of ibuprofen to prevent cramping (Do not take ibuprofen if you are allergic to this medications). Prior to the procedure, a urine pregnancy test will be done. Then the cervix is cleaned with a disinfectant. The IUD is approximately 1.5 inches long and is then introduced into the uterus with a small tubular insertion device. Lastly, the string is shortened to fit in the vagina. Your provider may want you to return for a subsequent visit to make sure the IUD is still in place.
To learn more about getting an IUD at Advanced & Minimally Invasive Gynecology, contact our practice.