Post # 1
I’m going in Monday to have an IUD inserted. I’m a little nervous so I was reading more about how to prepare for one when I saw something that said you shouldn’t have sex for 2 weeks before getting an IUD. My Dr. never said anything about that :-/ For those with an IUD, were you told to abstain for anytime beforehand? I’m calling my doc in the morning but was just curious for the time being! Thanks, bees!!
Post # 2
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
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
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
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Hmm nope definitely not.
Take 4 ibuprofen before you go!!!
Post # 6
I avoided sex for 24 hours just so it wasn’t messier than usual, out of courtesy for the doc.
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
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
I think mine did, but it’s only as a precaution against pregnancy and STIs happening between the tests and insertion.
Post # 13
bitsybee: I’m on the pill and my dr is having me come in on my period for insertion, so maybe that’s why he didn’t say anything about abstaining 🙂
Post # 14
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!