Getting an intrauterine contraceptive device
Go to your doctor or a Family Planning clinic if you decide to get an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD).
The IUD is put into your uterus through your cervix. The procedure takes a few minutes and may be painful.
You may have some cramps for a couple of hours and some spotting, which could last for up to 2 weeks. You may also have heavy periods. This is not as common with the hormone type of IUD (Mirena).
To reduce the risk of infection after the insertion:
- you should use sanitary pads (not tampons) for the first 48 hours
- do not have sex in the first 48 hours.
The best time to fit an IUD is:
- during or just after a menstrual period
- 4 weeks after your pēpi is born
- immediately after an abortion.
An IUD can also be used as an emergency contraception method after unprotected sex.