How does IUCD insertion and removal work?
Before an IUCD is inserted, you may be required to undergo a pregnancy or STI (sexually transmitted infections) test to check for any potential issues. If all is clear, your obstetrician/gynaecologist will examine your uterus to determine the right size of device to use. You may also be offered the option of painkillers to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure.
During the insertion, the IUCD is introduced into your uterus with the help of a speculum or a tube; the speculum widens your cervix to allow for good visualisation so the device can be placed accurately in your uterus/womb. The IUCD is carefully guided through the cervix and into your uterus. Once correctly positioned, the IUCD’s arms open up and anchors itself in place.
When it comes to IUCD removal, your obstetrician/gynaecologist will perform the same pelvic examination to locate and grasp the IUCD’s removal strings, which hang down from your cervix into your vagina. They will gently tug on the strings to slowly and painlessly remove the IUCD from your uterus. Generally, the removal process is a quick and straightforward process and takes just a few minutes.