How to have a less painful IUD insertion
1. Get a smaller IUD
If this is your first IUD and you’re worried about your first time getting one inserted, talk to your doctor about smaller IUD options, says Dr. Costescu. Smaller types of IUDs, like Kyleena and Jaydess, will make the insertion less painful.
2. Ask how often your doctor does insertions
When you’re setting up your IUD appointment with your doctor, see if the doctor doing your insertion does the procedure frequently. “People who are more experienced inserters tend to have patients that experience less pain with the placement,” Dr. Costescu explains. If you’re not comfortable then ask for a referral to see a gynecologist, who may be more experienced with IUDs.
3. Book your appointment just after your period
The best time to place an IUD is at the tail end of your period, or the first day or two afterward, Dr. Costescu says. Placing an IUD during or around the time of menses will hurt less because your cervix is more open (after all the open cervix is what is letting your Aunt Flow flow), he adds.