Staying comfortable during your IUD insertion
8. Just breathe
“Nerves create a bad experience both for the insertion of speculum, the internal exam and the placement itself,” says Dr. Costescu. (The speculum is that watergun-like device used during your annual exam and to insert an IUD.) Ask your doctor to to coach you on breathing exercises, which will help you to stay calm and relax your muscles.
9. Distract yourself
“Many of my patients stay on their phones as a way to keep their minds of what’s happening,” Dr. Costescu says.
Some doctors allow patients to wear headphones to listen to music. Others don’t. Dr. Costescu recommends asking if it’s OK beforehand, since some physicians want to talk to their patients during the insertion.
10. Stay motivated
In his experience, Dr. Costescu finds that women who are apprehensive about their IUDs insertion tend to feel more discomfort. Meanwhile, women who are motivated usually find that the procedure is less painful.
So if you’re feeling anxious about getting and IUD, just remember why you’re choosing the IUD. When you think about the positives (no hormones, no daily pills), the temporary pain and discomfort are totally worth it.