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Bleeding between periods is a common side effect of the copper IUD. Click here for more information. It can take 3-6 months for your body to adjust to the IUD. If the side effects are worrisome, give us a call and ask to speak with a nurse.

An IUD can be inserted at any time but we must be certain that a person is not pregnant. This means that there has been no unprotected penis-in-vagina sex the week before insertion, a reliable method of birth control has been used consistently, and there has been no missed period. Before an insert, we get a urine sample to test for pregnancy.

Our practitioners recommend trying to schedule the insertion during a person’s period because their cervix is likely to be dilated (open), making insertion easier and more comfortable, but it’s not necessary. Read more! “When is the best time to have an IUD inserted?”