Is It Normal to Have Bad Cramps After Getting an IUD?

Here's what to expect after an IUD insertion.

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You knew your IUD insertion was probably going to be a little uncomfortable, but you decided 10 minutes of discomfort would be worth it. However, you might be concerned if you're continuing to have pain a week or two after your IUD insertion.

Is this normal? Is the IUD inserted incorrectly? Is your body rejecting it? What’s going on?

Is pain after IUD insertion normal?

An IUD (intrauterine device) is a plastic T-shaped device that sits in your uterus. It’s long-acting birth control method that can be over 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancies. Learn more about how the IUD works here.

While unpleasant, cramping after getting an IUD is common and somewhat expected. That said, not every woman who gets an IUD will experience pain. Some people experience pressure and cramping during the insertion itself, but then they feel fine. Others may continue having pain for weeks or even a month or two after the IUD insertion.

When does the cramping go away?

In most cases, time will do the trick. However, if your cramping lasts longer than about three months, you may need to pay your ob/gyn another visit. This pain could be a sign that your IUD has slipped out of place and will need to be re-inserted. While possible, this is pretty rare.

Like all menstrual cramps, pain following an IUD insertion can be effectively managed with:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Rest
  • A hot water bottle, heating pad, or warm bath

Here are more tips to soothe menstrual cramp pain.

Of course, you have other pregnancy prevention options, too. Learn more information about the Pill, the patch, and the implant for birth control.