Pain Management & IUD Insertion

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IUD insertion can be painful for some people. While little medical research has addressed how to best manage this pain, people still have several options that may be used to alleviate pain during IUD placement. These include medications, anesthesia, and trauma-informed care. This Cosmopolitan article describes the landscape of pain management for IUD insertion and should be helpful if you’re considering getting an IUD.

“IUD insertion can be less painful. Why doesn’t every doctor tell you that? Some women are offered prescription medication to help ease IUD pain, while others are given nothing. investigates why.”