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Tips for Inserting a Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD)

Model Elena Carrière reports on Instagram about problems with the insertion of the copper intrauterine device (IUD) as a contraceptive method. Gynecologists provide tips for the procedure.

Johanna Janku recommends eating enough before the procedure. "If possible, the IUD should be inserted during menstruation, as the cervix is ​​a bit more open at that time," she explains.

"It is certainly advisable to come to the insertion appointment well informed and prepared. It's worth coming to the appointment early and not rushed at the last minute. Ideally, you should also have had enough to drink beforehand and not come on an empty stomach. A trusting setting with a gynecologist with whom you feel comfortable is also helpful," Fasler's tips state.

The painful part of the insertion is that the cervix must be penetrated. Due to the pain and the resulting drop in blood pressure, some women faint, says Janku.

"Fainting during IUD insertion is not the norm."

Dr. med. Johanna Janku

Model Elena Carrière says in her video that she had the last insertion done under anesthesia. According to Dr. Janku, opinions are divided on this. "Some doctors do not perform anesthesia and prescribe painkillers. If women are sensitive to pain, I offer anesthesia," says the expert. In addition, patients receive tablets to relax the cervix and facilitate insertion.

"Fainting during IUD insertion is not the norm. Risks are assessed during pre-assessment," she emphasizes. The frequency of loss of consciousness during insertion is the same for hormonal and copper IUDs.

Fasler says, "It is relatively rare for a patient to faint during the insertion of the copper IUD, but it does happen from time to time." The IUD is generally a safe and side-effect-free contraceptive method. However, the doctor advises against it in cases of anomalies in the shape of the uterus, small uteruses, and recurrent pelvic infections.

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