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How to Minimize Pain During Your IUD Insertion

How to Minimize Pain During Your IUD Insertion

Getting an intrauterine device (IUD) can be an excellent choice for long-term contraception. It’s truly a no-fuss method of birth control without any daily pills, patches, or injections to worry about — and it’s a method our team at OBGYN Westside, PLLC, offers to women here on the Upper West Side of New York City.

But if the idea of the insertion process is daunting due to potential discomfort or pain, you’re not alone. With some preparation and a few strategies, you can minimize pain during your IUD insertion. 

Let’s take a look at seven tips to make your insertion as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Tips to Minimize Your Pain

Choose the right time

Selecting the right time in your menstrual cycle for IUD insertion can help minimize discomfort. Aim for a time when you’re not menstruating or just after your period when your cervix is naturally more open. This reduces the potential for pain.

Take pain medication

Consider taking over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen about an hour before your appointment. These can help reduce pain and inflammation during your procedure.

Bring a support person

Having a trusted friend or family member accompany you to your appointment can provide emotional support. While completely optional, having a friend or family member with you can help ease any anxiety you may have about the procedure.

Practice deep breathing

During your IUD insertion, focus on your breath. Take slow, deep breaths to help relax your body and ease tension. Deep breathing can make the process feel less painful and more manageable. Deep breathing even helps shift your body out of flight-or-fight mode and into a more relaxed state.

Communicate with your health care provider

Open communication with your OBGYN Westside, PLLC, provider is crucial. Let us know about any concerns or fears you have. We can offer reassurance and use techniques like numbing your cervix to minimize pain.

We also offer local anesthesia and Pro-Nox™, an FDA-cleared gas analgesia (laughing gas) to help manage pain, anxiety, and stress. 

Consider distraction techniques

Bring headphones and listen to your favorite music or podcast during your procedure to distract yourself from any discomfort. Engaging your mind elsewhere can help reduce your perception of pain.

Stay relaxed

Try to keep your muscles relaxed throughout your procedure. Tensing up can make the experience more painful. Visualize a calming scene or use other relaxation techniques to stay at ease.

Post-insertion care

After your IUD is inserted, we encourage you to rest for a little while at our office to ensure you feel okay before leaving. Mild cramping and spotting are normal, but if you experience severe pain or heavy bleeding, let us know immediately.

Focus on your why

While IUD insertion may come with some discomfort, following these steps can help minimize your pain and make the process more manageable. Remember that the benefits of long-term contraception an IUD provides often outweigh the temporary discomfort. 

Is an IUD right for you?

If you’re considering an IUD — whether it’s the hormonal IUD or the copper (non-hormonal) IUD — talk to us! We’re happy to discuss any concerns or questions you have to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience. 

Make an appointment with OBGYN Westside today by calling our office or scheduling a visit online.

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