Last Updated on Jan 25, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for intrauterine device insertion?

You need to consult a gynecologist for intrauterine device insertion.

2. Is the intrauterine device insertion painful?

The intrauterine device is usually well tolerated. The doctor may give local anesthesia to the uterine cervix prior to insertion. Some women might experience cramping and dizziness during the insertion, which usually settles after the procedure is complete.

3. Can an intrauterine device be used as emergency contraception?

An intrauterine device can be used as an emergency contraception if inserted within 5 days after unprotected sex. The egg, even if fertilized, takes 5-7 days to get implanted in the uterus. Its only after implantation of fertilized egg to the uterine wall does the pregnancy proceed.

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4. How often should the woman get the intrauterine device checked?

The woman is usually called for an examination after the following period to make sure that the intrauterine device is not displaced. Thereafter, she is asked to come for a regular check-up usually once a year, or sometimes more often.

5. What should I do if the menstrual bleeding following the insertion of a copper-containing intrauterine device is heavier than in a normal period?

There is no need to worry as these are expected changes with a copper intrauterine device. The bleeding will usually ease off within couple of months. If it does not reduce, it is better to go for a check-up to rule out any complication.

6. Will an intrauterine device insertion affect future pregnancies?

No. Within a month after removal of the device, fertility usually resumes back to normal.

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