You will also be tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to ensure that any existing infections can be treated before you have the IUS inserted. The process takes about 15-20 minutes. A speculum is used to hold the vagina open, and the IUS is inserted through the cervix and into the uterus.
For some, the process can be painful or cause discomfort or cramp-like feelings afterwards. You can ask for painkillers or a local anaesthetic if you wish, although many women have the procedure without these. Speak to the doctor about this or any other concerns before your insertion.
Provided you are not pregnant, an IUS can be fitted during any stage of your menstrual cycle. It begins working immediately if you are in the first week of your cycle. It if is fitted later in your menstrual month, you will need to use a barrier contraceptive method for the first seven days after fitting. Once the coil has been fitted, you will need to have regular check-ups to make sure that it is in place and to monitor any related symptoms or changes in your menstrual cycle.
Always make an appointment to come to the clinic to speak to one of our doctors if you experience pelvic or low abdominal pain, a fever, or discharge with an odour, all of which can indicate an infection.
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The IUS is inserted through the cervix, into the uterus. A speculum is used to hold the vagina open for ease of insertion. The process takes about 15 minutes. Some discomfort or cramping pain is not uncommon; you can take painkillers or have a local anaesthetic if you prefer.
If you are in the first week of your cycle, the IUS will begin working right away. If you are later in your cycle, you will need to use a barrier method for seven days after the fitting.
It is a good idea to have regular check-ups to insure that your coil is in place and to allow your doctor to monitor any menstrual changes. If you notice pelvic or abdominal pain, discharge with odour, or a fever, you may have an infection and should see a doctor as soon as possible.