IUC Fitting Aftercare

How should I feel afterwards?

Most women experience some period-like discomfort for 24-48 hours. There may be some bleeding or spotting for a few days. If an IUD is fitted during a period, the period may be heavier and last slightly longer than usual.

What should I do afterwards?

  • Take simple painkillers such as paracetamol and/or ibuprofen.
  • Avoid strenuous activity.
  • If experiencing tummy pain then a hotwater bottle may help.
  • You should avoid the use of tampons for this bleed and your next period.

When can I resume sex?

You can resume sexual intercourse when you feel up to it – the Mirena coil does not work for contraception for the first 7 days.

In there anything I should look out for?

Learn to check the string each month after your period to make sure the IUD is still in the right place – if the string feels like it is shorter or longer than normal or you cannot feel the string at all use condoms until you have had the IUD checked by the doctor. · If you have any unusual symptoms including a discharge from your vagina, pain low in your abdomen or deep pain during intercourse, see the doctor.

If your period is more than a week overdue, you have a change in your usual bleeding pattern or you are concerned that you could be pregnant, go to see your doctor or clinic for a pregnancy test.

If you, or your partner, ever have casual sex or if you have a new sexual partner, use a condom every time until you both have been checked for sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

Keep a record of the date for replacement.