Here are some practical tips to help you before your intra-uterine contraception (IUC) fitting.
Before your appointment
We want to make your clinic visit as straightforward as possible and fit the IUD/IUS at a single appointment. Therefore, it is important that you have read all the information and are suitable for the procedure on the day you come. You can also discuss other methods with us and ask any questions.
Before you attend our clinic please sign and bring this form with you and please make sure you have had something light to eat and drink before your appointment.
If you are not using a hormonal method of contraception, bring the first date of your last menstrual period to your appointment.
If you are using condoms for contraception, make sure there have been no occasions when the condom broke or slipped off or you simply didn’t use one. If there have been any episodes in the last three weeks when this may have happened, please tell the doctor or nurse – we may have to delay your IUC insertion.
If you are on the contraceptive pill, please make sure you have taken it correctly, especially in the three weeks leading up to your appointment.
If you already have an IUC in place and are having it changed, you must not have unprotected sex in the seven days before your appointment.
Having IUC fitted can be a little uncomfortable, but this varies greatly from person to person. Some women may benefit from taking pain relief before their appointment in the form of ibuprofen or paracetamol. It is best to take something that you have used before and which you know you are able to tolerate.
You may need to continue with painkillers for the first 24 hours following your procedure, but this varies from person to person – it may be worth making sure you have supplies at home.
Allow sufficient time for your appointment. Although the procedure takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes, occasionally women feel light-headed after fitting and require a little extra time to fully recover.
It is recommended that you have someone you can contact or bring with you to take you home if required. However, most women are able to drive or walk home.
Try to avoid bringing small children or babies to your appointment. If this is not possible, please arrange to bring someone with you to care for them whilst you are undergoing your fitting procedure.
For more information on aftercare after your IUC fitting please visit our ‘IUC Fitting Aftercare‘ page.