When you get an IUD, it’s normal to feel cramping.

“Your uterus is a muscle, and when you place something inside of it, the muscle responds by tightening,” says Lisa Holloway, a nurse practitioner near Washington, DC, who specializes in women’s health. Your body also releases hormones that may lead to pain.

What to Expect When You Get an IUD

When you get an IUD, your doctor or nurse practitioner inserts a small plastic tube into your uterus through your vagina. The IUD is inside the tube. It’s a quick procedure that usually takes just a few minutes.

You may feel…


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