A healthcare provider will perform a pelvic exam which helps determine the position, consistency, size, and mobility of your uterus.
The provider will then place a speculum into your vagina. This allows the healthcare provider to have a clear view of the vaginal walls, cervix, and the vaginal canal.
Your cervix and the nearby front and back parts of your vagina will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution to reduce the chance of infection.
Then a sterile instrument called a sound is used to measure the length and direction of your cervical canal and uterus. This helps the provider to know how far to insert the IUD.
Last, the IUD is pushed into place through a small tube. Once it is in the proper position, the arms of the IUD open into the “T” shape. The provider will then cut the strings a few inches below the cervix.
A healthcare provider will clean your arm with an antiseptic solution and give you a shot to numb a small area of your upper arm.
The healthcare provider will then use a special applicator to insert the implant under your skin on the inside of your upper arm.
You and the provider will feel your arm to check the placement of the implant.
A small bandage will cover the placement site. Also, a pressure bandage might be applied to lessen bruising. You can take off the pressure bandage in 24 hours and the small bandage after 3 to 5 days.