When is the IUD inserted?

” I’ve never been to family planning, however, I am interested in getting an IUD. I know you must be on your period when you get the IUD put in, and that you must first have a pelvic exam/ pap smear done. I was wondering if this could all be done on the same day while on your period, or would I have to make two separate appointments, one before my period, and one while on it? Thanks!”

A: At the Family Planning Association, a patients’ first visit will include a pelvic exam and STD testing. A second visit will need to be scheduled and this is when the IUD will be inserted. It is recommended to have the IUD inserted within 7 days of the start of your period. This will make the insertion more comfortable.