How to Get an IUD

An IUD, or intrauterine device, is implanted by a doctor and can last for up to 12 years. Find out if this birth control method is right for you.


  • TIP: Ask your doctor for a pain reliever prescription if pain persists.
  • Step 1: Take a pain reliever to ease any cramping caused by the procedure and sit for a while to keep any dizziness at bay.
  • Step 2: Ask your doctor for medical advice about after-care procedures.
  • TIP: The IUD is effective for 5 to 12 years, depending on the type, and can be removed at any time.
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  • Step 3: Have a friend or family member drive you home and rest until any residual cramping goes away.
  • TIP: The string of the IUD will hang 1 to 2 inches down into your vagina. Don't be alarmed if you feel it -- it's perfectly normal.
  • Step 4: Relax your body as the doctor inserts the IUD through your cervix and into your uterus.
  • TIP: Planned Parenthood offers the IUD at a discounted cost.
  • Step 5: Call your gynecologist or women's services office in your area to ask if they offer the IUD as a birth control option.
  • Step 6: Schedule an appointment for the IUD insertion. Schedule your appointment so that it occurs during the middle of your menstrual cycle, which is when it is easiest to implant the device.
  • TIP: This appointment will require a pre-appointment for a full pelvic exam and a possible STD test.
  • Step 7: Wear comfy clothes to your appointment. You will have to undress and lie on a table for the IUD insertion procedure.
  • Step 8: Call your insurance provider to see if the IUD is covered by your plan.

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