Can I have an IUD inserted right after delivery?

Can I have an IUD inserted right after delivery?

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Yes. An IUD can be inserted right after you give birth, whether you've delivered vaginally or by c-section. It can be done while you're still in the delivery room, ideally within 10 minutes after the placenta is delivered.

Previously, you had to wait about six weeks after delivery to have an IUD inserted. Experts were concerned that an IUD might not stay in if it was inserted before your uterus had returned to its pre-pregnant state.

But when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reviewed the evidence from other countries, they decided to change their recommendations.

They found that the IUD is somewhat more likely to come out if inserted right after childbirth, but they decided that women still benefited from the option to insert it early.

If you decide to have an IUD inserted right after delivery, your caregiver will let you know how to make sure it's properly positioned in your uterus. If the IUD does come out, it can usually be reinserted during a visit to your caregiver's office.

The IUD is effective immediately after insertion, but your caregiver will probably recommend postponing sex until after your postpartum checkup, This is to make sure your vagina and perineum have healed enough for sex to be safe and pleasurable.

The IUD is extremely effective and safe. Other benefits include:

  • It's easy: Once it's in place, you don't have to do anything else to prevent pregnancy.
  • It's undetectable: No one can tell that you're using birth control.
  • It's compatible with being a new mom: It doesn't interfere with sex, breastfeeding, or daily activities.
  • It's easily reversible: If you want to get pregnant – or you want to stop using it – you can simply have the IUD removed.
  • It has positive side effects: The hormonal IUD helps reduce menstrual pain and heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • It's a good choice for long-term contraception: It doesn't have to be replaced for five to 10 years.

Editor's note: See our full article on the IUD for more information on this birth control method. Talk to your caregiver if you're interested in having an IUD inserted after you deliver.

Watch the video: IUD Insertion Procedure (August 2022).

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