Signs of Successful IUD Placement – Women Need to Know to Protect Themselves!

Nowadays, with the advancement of medical science, there are various contraceptive methods available. Among them, intrauterine device (IUD) placement is considered one of the most effective and widespread methods. However, not everyone knows whether their IUD placement was successful or not. Therefore, I invite readers to explore the signs of successful IUD placement through the following article!


What is contraceptive IUD placement?

Contraceptive IUD, or intrauterine device, is a preventive contraceptive method for women. It is a small, round, or ball-shaped device made of materials such as plastic or copper. The IUD is inserted into a woman’s uterus by a healthcare professional (usually a doctor or nurse) and can be kept in the uterus for several years, depending on the type.

Contraceptive IUD works by preventing sperm from reaching the egg and attaching to the uterus by creating an unfavorable environment for fertilization. It can also make the uterine lining thicker, hindering fertilization.

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Contraceptive IUDs are inserted into the uterus of women to prevent sperm from reaching the egg during intercourse

There are two main types of contraceptive IUDs:

  • Copper-containing IUD (TCu): This type has a small amount of copper around a flexible T-shaped core. Its contraceptive mechanism is mainly due to the release of copper into the uterine cavity, causing an inflammatory reaction to induce uterine contractions, preventing the egg from implanting. Additionally, copper ions alter the biochemistry of cervical mucus, affecting the survival, activation, and mobility of sperm, preventing fertilization. It also changes the uterine lining, preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg. Copper-containing IUDs are about 95% effective and long-lasting, up to 10 years, with relatively low costs.
  • Hormonal intrauterine device (Mirena): This type contains the hormone Progestin for contraception. The mechanism of action involves thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterine cavity and fertilizing the egg. Additionally, Progestin hormone prevents the release of eggs, meaning there is no egg for sperm to fertilize. Compared to copper-containing IUDs, Mirena intrauterine devices are up to 98% effective in contraception. Besides contraceptive effects, Mirena IUD also helps reduce symptoms of menstrual pain or heavy menstruation.


When should you consider IUD placement?

The decision to use contraceptive IUD should be made after discussing with a doctor or healthcare professional. Here are some situations in which women may consider IUD placement:

1. Not planning to have a child for a specific period

If you do not plan to have a child for an extended period, an IUD may be a suitable option.

2. Not wanting to use daily contraceptive methods

One of the benefits of IUDs is that they do not require daily attention like other contraceptive methods such as birth control pills or condoms. Once inserted, the IUD is automatic and does not require daily involvement.

3. Not liking hormones

There are two types of IUDs: hormonal and non-hormonal. If you prefer not to use hormones, you can choose the non-hormonal type.

4. After childbirth

IUDs can be inserted after cesarean section or vaginal delivery if you do not want to get pregnant again shortly after giving birth.

5. Unable or unwilling to use other contraceptive methods

If you cannot or do not want to use other contraceptive methods such as birth control pills or condoms, IUDs may be an alternative.

Before deciding on IUD placement, you should discuss with a doctor or healthcare professional to ensure that it is suitable for your health condition and meets your contraceptive needs.


Best time for IUD placement

The best time for IUD placement may vary depending on your individual situation. However, generally, IUD placement is done after your menstrual period, around 2 to 5 days. This helps the doctor check whether you are pregnant and reduces the risk of infection. Before IUD placement, a gynecological examination is necessary to treat any vaginal inflammation issues. In some cases, IUD placement in the presence of vaginal inflammation may lead to blocked fallopian tubes and pelvic inflammation.

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Seeking consultation with a specialist doctor is essential to ensure personal health safety

Remember that IUD placement is a personal decision and depends on your situation and personal priorities. It is essential to discuss with a healthcare professional to ensure that you understand this method thoroughly and follow the correct procedure to ensure your health.


Signs of successful IUD placement

Once you have undergone IUD placement, there are some signs of successful IUD placement and sensations you may experience:

1. No pain sensation

After IUD placement, if you do not feel pain or only experience mild discomfort for a short period, it is a sign of successful placement. Since the IUD is usually placed in the uterus, where there is not much passive sensation, this is a common signs of successful IUD placement. Initial mild discomfort and changes in menstrual cycles are normal. However, if you experience severe and prolonged pain, you should contact your doctor immediately for examination.

2. Reduced menstrual cycle

For hormonal IUDs, a common side effect is a change in menstrual cycles, leading to lighter or irregular periods.

3. Not excessive bleeding

In some cases, women may experience light bleeding in the first few days. However, if excessive bleeding occurs and persists, it is an unusual sign. Therefore, you should promptly consult with your doctor.

4. No sensation in the lower abdomen – signs of successful IUD placement

IUDs should not cause pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen if they are correctly positioned.

However, if you have any unusual signs or symptoms after IUD placement, you should discuss them promptly with your doctor or healthcare professional. This ensures that the IUD is held in the correct position and functions effectively.


The article has provided information about the contraceptive IUD placement method and signs of successful IUD placement, consulted by Dr. Nguyen Quoc Khiem. Please note that choosing the appropriate type of IUD should be discussed with a doctor or healthcare professional to ensure that it is suitable for your health condition and personal needs.

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