What to Expect

Clinician

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Before Your Appointment (at home)

In the time leading up to your appointment for an IUD or birth control implant:

  • Keep using your current birth control
  • Do not have unprotected sex
  • Eat and drink lots of water on the day of your appointment
  • Take ibuprofen about an hour before you come in for your appointment

During Your Appointment

Once you’ve checked in for your appointment:

  • We might ask you to pee in a cup for a pregnancy test
  • You will get an STI test for chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • We will take your blood pressure and other vital signs
  • We will talk with you about the birth control method you’ve chosen
  • We will get your permission for the procedure
  • You will learn about the possible side effects of your birth control

Putting in Your IUD

  • It starts with a physical exam
  • Then the healthcare provider puts the IUD inside your uterus
  • You might feel some cramping when the healthcare provider puts in the IUD
  • The whole procedure often takes less than 10 minutes

Putting in Your Birth Control Implant

  • The healthcare provider will numb your arm so it doesn’t hurt
  • Next, the healthcare provider will put the tiny implant just under the skin of your upper arm
  • It takes about 15 seconds to put the implant in your arm

When You Go Home

If you have an IUD:

  • You might have cramps or a backache for a few days or weeks
  • Mirena IUD – you may have spotting (light bleeding) for the first 3-6 months
  • ParaGard IUD – you may have heavier, more crampy periods

If you have an implant:

  • You might feel nothing
  • Or your arm might feel sore where the implant was put in

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