IUD fitting advice
Your IUD fitting appointment - advice for women
If you are currently using the combined contraceptive pill,
progestogen‑only pill, injection or implant; the IUD can be fitted
at any convenient time.
If you are not using one of these you may like to consider using
one just in the short term, as this will make arranging your
fitting appointment much easier.
If you are currently using condoms, a diaphragm, 'natural methods';
there are alternatives. It is preferable to fit your IUD within 19
days of your period starting - assuming that you have a regular
(If you have a very short cycle it may necessary to fit it as early
as within seven days of your period starting - see *
If you cannot arrange a fitting within 19 days of your period
starting, you can abstain altogether from sexual intercourse (from
the first day of your period) and then the IUD can be fitted at any
This advice is necessary because we need to be certain at the time
that the IUD is fitted that you are not in the very early stages of
*If you have problems with following the above advice, please phone
and ask to speak to the clinic doctor or nurse. The receptionist
cannot give contraceptive advice.
If you are arranging to have your IUS/IUD removed and another
refitted, this can be done on any day but we recommend that you do
not have sexual intercourse for the seven days before the
fitting. This is to ensure that, in the rare event that it is not
possible to fit a new device after the original one is removed,
there are no sperm in your body that could result in a
Once you have made your appointment write the details here. If you
are unable to attend please let us know in advance.
We suggest you have a "pain-killer" at least half an hour before
the fitting. This will reduce the "cramps" you may get after the
fitting. Also please ensure that you have not skipped any meals
before your fitting or you will be more likely to experience