Advice to Patients Before the Fitting of an IUCD

  • Have something to eat and drink prior to your fitting. Do not skip a meal – it is best to have eaten prior to the fitting.
  • Please write down and bring the start date of your last period to the fitting
  • It is sensible to take a “pain-killer” at least half an hour before the fitting, to reduce the possibility of cramps afterwards eg. Ibuprofen (nurofen) 400mg.
  • Please allow at least an hour for the appointment. Although the procedure does not take this long, a few women feel faint afterwards and need time to recover. It is recommended that you have someone you can contact by phone, who would be able to collect you, in case you feel unwell.
  • Please ensure that you have no major commitments afterwards, as you may need to take it easy and relax for the rest of the day.
  • Do not bring small children or babies with you to the fitting, or alternatively please bring a friend with you who could take care of them outside the room.
  • Do not drive to the surgery.
  • Some sanitary protection may be required afterwards. You may wish to bring your own sanitary towel or panty liner with you. Tampons should not be used for the first three days after the fitting.
  • You should abstain from sexual intercourse for three days after the fitting. You should not use tampons for 3 days after the fitting.
  • If you have an IUS (Mirena) you should use another contraceptive method as well for the next seven days.