What to do on the day of your IUD insertion
4. Take a painkiller before your appointment
Take an anti-inflammatory like Advil prior to the insertion. This will relieve any cramping after the procedure. And it is the most effective way to manage the pain.
5. Say no to Misoprostol and cervical freezing
If your doctor gives you Misoprostol (a drug that softens the cervix), ask them to try the procedure without medication for the first try. Various studies have shown that Misoprostol causes more discomfort and cramping during IUD insertions. And Dr. Costescu warns this drug is best used if you’d had a failed attempt at a previous IUD placement.
Doctors may also offer to freeze your cervix before the procedure, but any pain that’s reversed from the placement is usually experienced during the freezing.
6. Pack snacks
“It’s amazing how many people fast before their IUD insertion,” Dr. Costescu says. If you’re feeling tired and hungry, you’re more likely to have low-blood sugar levels, which will make you feel less comfortable. And if you do get hungry before your appointment, snack on a granola bar and drink some juice. After all, no experience is a good experience when you’re #hangry.
7. Bring a heating pad
Women report that the cramps from getting an IUD inserted are similar to those from a bad period. So your go-to heating pad can help you manage the cramping you’ll have after the insertion takes place.