Did your Dr. tell you not to have sex before having an IUD inserted?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

No I wasn’t told that when I got mine in (about a year ago). I had a test for any STIs etc about 2 weeks before and a pregnancy test the day off but that was all for pre insertion.

I was told not to have sex (or use tampons or ‘insert anything’) for a week afterwards to make sure it doesn’t get pushed out of place. 

 

Take some iboprofen about a half hour before you have your appointment too help with the pain and you’ll be fine. My first day was pretty tough (very bad cramps) but after that it’s the best thing I ever did contraception wise!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

No, I wasn’t told not to have sex before. Like OneDayMrsL I was told not to use tampons or have sex for about a week after.  

I’ve had mine for a year and a half and love it. I’ll admit that it definitely hurt when it went in snd I had a few days of bad cramps but it was worth it and I’d do it again. 

 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

The only reason they would tell you to abstain from sex is because they need to be 100% certain you’re not pregnant at the time of the IUD insertion. Usually they do a pregnancy test before placing the IUD, but there is always the tiniest chance it could be a false negative. It seems your doc is just being super super cautious. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Hmm nope definitely not. 

Take 4 ibuprofen before you go!!!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I avoided sex for 24 hours just so it wasn’t messier than usual, out of courtesy for the doc.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Nope, you’re fine. I, like a pp, was told not to ‘insert anything’ after for 48 hours. I had sex about 6 hours before insertion, and I’m fine!

Good luck! my doc told me to take 800mg of advil an hour before.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

ImaStarr: yes because if you had sex and got pregnant, it would be a problem. Even if your test came back negative, it’s possibly too early in the process for a pregnancy to be detected. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

bitsybee:  I was on the pill right up until I had it put in so I think that sort of cancels that reasoning out. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

OneDayMrsL: only sort of — accidental pregnancy can and does happen with the pill. Obviously, the chance is slim but there’s still a chance. Which is kind of the point. It works out just fine for most, but I believe in empowering people with information and letting them decide what acceptable risks are. 

Is this better?

because if you had sex and got pregnant (even if you’re on the pill or some other form of birth control), it would be a problem. Even if your test came back negative, it’s possibly too early in the process for a(n accidental) pregnancy to be detected.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

ImaStarr:  I was not told to abstain but I got mine inserted in the middle of my period so I wasn’t having sex that week anyways. They did a urine test a couple weeks before insertion and that morning to make sure I wasn’t pregnant though. She did tell me not to use tampons or have sex for 3 days after (although the Mirena package says to wait 7 days).

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

I think mine did, but it’s only as a precaution against pregnancy and STIs happening between the tests and insertion.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

ImaStarr: Quite possibly. My dr. knows that I like to understand 100% of the risks and be proactive in managing my health. 

More than likely, you’re going to be fine especially since you’re going in on your period. I just think it’s better to have full information instead of assuming things are fine — that’s how medical malpractice suits can happen. I’ve read enough cases to be frightened!

Just keep taking advil and being kind to yourself for the next few days after insertion!

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