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10 Doctor-Recommended Ways to Make Getting an IUD Less Painful

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How to make your IUD insertion hurt less

Theres a reason why IUDs are surging in popularity. IUDs are a mistake-proof, long-term form of birth control. They are more than99 percent effective, making them one of the best low-cost options out there. Plus, copper IUDs are hormone-free, makingthem an ideal choice for women looking to avoid hormones.But when it comes to IUDs, most women only have one thing on their mind. Will getting a IUD hurt?

The truth about IUD pain

Two things cause pain during IUD procedures: When the IUD is being inserted and cramping from the placement because the uterus contracts from irritation, explains Dr. Dustin Costescu, a family planning specialist and assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.He admits that the internet is loaded with IUD insertion horror stories. But similar to most things posted online, he says most people are compelled to share only their bad experiences. Also, keep in mind that studies have show that the pain experienced during insertion was significantly lower than the pain most women expect.While getting an IUD might not hurt as much as you think it will, you should still prepare for somepain and discomfort. In the next few pages, Dr. Costescu shares his 10 tips on how to make theinsertion of your IUD not hurt.(Related:What’s the Best Way to Switch Birth Control Pills?) 

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