IUD insertion instructions

Instructions to follow as you get an IUD inserted

These instructions are important to read and follow before you have a IUD inserted in your uterus.

What is an IUD?

The intra uterine device (IUD) is a form of long-acting reversible contraception for women. It is a small device that fits inside your womb. 

What do I need to know before my IUD is inserted?

You must not be pregnant/hapū or at risk of pregnancy when you have your IUD inserted.

It is preferable that you have your period (or it is within seven days from when your period started) when you have your IUD inserted.

If not, you must use reliable contraception/ārai hapū before the insertion and for seven days after the insertion. An exception is when a copper IUD is being inserted as emergency contraception.

If you are not within the first seven days of your cycle and have not been using reliable contraception your IUD may not be inserted. The usual consultation fee will apply.

Please arrange to have children cared for while you are having the IUD put in.

Occasionally it may not be possible to insert an IUD the first time. You will need to return for another appointment.

What do I do before my appointment?

Follow these steps before your appointment to have your IUD inserted:

  1. Have a meal within two hours of your appointment or eat/drink something sweet half an hour before arriving.
  2. You may like to take Nurofen or Panadol one hour before the appointment.
  3. You may want to bring someone with you or have someone to call to accompany you home. Occasionally women don't feel well enough to drive home or return to work.
  4. Allow yourself plenty of time for the appointment as you may need to rest for a while following the insertion. 

What do I do after my appointment?

  1. We advise using pads rather than tampons for 48 hours after the IUD is inserted.
  2. You should make an appointment to have a check after your next period – about six weeks after insertion.

Contact one of our clinics if you have any concerns about your IUD insertion.

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