Before deciding to get an IUD, it’s important to get answers to any questions you may have about the device or insertion. Review this list of common concerns before your appointment, or print it out to bring with you.
Questions About IUDs
- Is an IUD right for me?
- What types of IUDs are available for me?
- Is an IUD with hormones better for me?
- How long is the IUD effective?
- What are the side effects?
- What are the benefits and risks of an IUD?
- How effective is the IUD?
- How do the hormones in an IUD affect me?
Questions About IUD Insertion and Removal
- How is the IUD inserted?
- Can the IUD with hormones be implanted if I’m breastfeeding?
- How is the IUD removed?
- How can I detect if the IUD has shifted or is being expelled?
- How can I prevent rejection or expelling of the IUD?
- What are the risks of an IUD?
- What are the side effects of IUD implantation?
Questions About IUDs, My Lifestyle and Family
- Can my partner feel the IUD string during sex?
- What happens if I become pregnant with the IUD?
- Can the IUD cause infertility?
- Can the IUD cause infection of my fallopian tubes?
- Does insurance cover the IUD and its insertion?
- Can I use a tampon with an IUD in place?
- Will my menstrual cramps worsen with an IUD?
- How soon after getting an IUD can I have sex?
Preparation for IUD Insertion
Here are some tips for making your IUD insertion easier:
- Schedule the appointment during the time when you expect to have your period.
- Take a mild oral analgesic right before the appointment to decrease uterine cramps.
- Eat something light to lower the risk of fainting.
- Bring someone with you to drive you home after insertion.