TREATMENT INTRA UTERINE DEVICE
When you and your GP have decided for an IUD, you can have this done at our practice. Generally this is done during or just after menstruation, while the cervix is still a little open. This facilitates the insertion of the IUD. Consultation has te be accomplished a few weeks before and a vaginal swab has to be checked to exclude vaginal infection. At the time of insertion the GP will insert a speculum into the vagina. The vagina is cleaned with an antiseptic. By means of a thin catheter the IUD is then iserted into the cervix. This can feel a little awkward, some experience abdominal cramps. The GP then removes the instruments and cuts the threads. The procedure is then finished. Probably you sense some abdominal discomfort during the next two to three days, because your uterus is trying to expel the IUD. After a while this will stop. Somewhere six weeks after insertion you have to come for check-up to see whether the IUD is still in place.
The removal of an IUD is contrary of insertion an easy thing. After positioning of the speculum, the GP will take the threads of the IUD and gently pull it out. This might just feel slightly awkward.