How is an IUD inserted? Is there anything for the pain, such as numbing for the cervix?

Question:  How is an IUD inserted?  Is there anything for the pain, such as numbing for the cervix?

Answer:  In order to insert an IUD, the physician first inserts a speculum into the vagina and then the IUD applicator to measure the uterus.  Once size of the uterus is determined, the physician then reinserts the applicator and places the device into the uterus.  In some cases, the physician may prescribe a medication to relax the cervix to minimize discomfort.  The overall insertion process takes less than five minutes and can be placed during any part of a woman’s menstrual cycle.

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