IUD Contraception – Getting Ready for your Visit
At Synergy Women’s our goal is to have your IUD inserted within 1 week of your request. We have several experienced female physicians available to provide you with this service. We also provide insertion of a copper IUD for emergency contraception.
We offer same day counselling and IUD insertion provided certain conditions are met:
- You bring a driver to your appointment.
- You are within 7 days of the start of your normal menstrual period or have not had intercourse since the start of your normal period.
You have not had unprotected intercourse for 12 days prior to your appointment(100% use of condoms or hormonal/reliable birth control) and have a blood pregnancy test 24-48 hours before your appointment. This will arranged when you call for an appointment. Discontinue Biotin 48 hours before your blood test. Biotin can be found in many supplements and natural health food products.
In preparation for your visit we ask that you eat a snack or a meal about 1 hour prior to your appointment time. Immediately following this we recommend that you take 1000mg of ibuprofen. Since we do not yet know your medical history, if you are unsure if this is safe for you to take please consult with your family doctor or pharmacist. If you have any concerns you can bring your ibuprofen to your appointment and take it after consultation with our physician. You must bring a feminine pad with you to your appointment as you may have some bleeding after insertion. Screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea will be performed during your visit.
You can expect to be in our clinic for 1-2 hours for your appointment. You will receive comprehensive counselling from our nurse or physician regarding your IUD options. A prescription will be provided for you and can be obtained from the pharmacy within the building. When you return to the clinic your IUD will be inserted for you as soon as our physician is available. If your family doctor provides you with an IUD prescription we recommend that you wait until your visit with us to purchase your IUD in case your choice of IUD’s changes after our discussion.
After insertion of an IUD, some women are able to resume normal activities immediately and others may need to plan for reduced activities for 1-2 days.
PLEASE NOTE: You will be asked to attend a follow-up visit 4 weeks after your IUD is inserted.