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.

If a copper IUD is being inserted as emergency contraception, it has to be within 7 days of unprotected penis-in-vagina sex, so please call us as soon as possible to talk to our nurse practitioner and get an appointment. We keep a few spots open for emergencies but can’t always guarantee them.