If you’ve recently gotten an IUD, you probably have many questions about how it affects your sex life. After all, this birth control buddy is going to hang out in your uterus for 3 to 10 years—and you want to be sure you’re protected against pregnancy.
The good news is that it’s super unlikely that you’ll get pregnant with a hormonal or non-hormonal IUD. Both types are more than 99 percent effective. Even if you have rough sex, there’s a pretty low chance that it will dislodge your IUD or make it fall out.
That said, if you have an IUD, it’s important to always use additional forms of contraception when having sex. Your GP will give you tips on how to check that your IUD is still in place, but it’s worth repeating: never pierce or play with your IUD strings, and be careful not to accidentally tug on them. That can cause them to move, and that could lead to pregnancy.
It’s also important to use a condom with any sex with your partner—even during vaginal sex. That’s because there are tiny bits of semen that can escape the penis before ejaculation, and those little escaped sperm can sometimes lead to pregnancy.
Some people may experience spotting or cramping after IUD insertion, but that’s usually only in the days right after implantation. However, if you’re bleeding after sex and have an IUD, it’s worth touching base with your gyno to see what the deal is. If the spotting continues or gets worse, it might be a sign that your IUD has moved or partially dislodged. If you can’t feel your IUD strings and think they might have moved, see a GP or nurse straight away. You should also use additional contraception until the IUD has been checked and repositioned, if needed.
Can My Boyfriend Come In Me If I Have An Iud
The answer to this question varies from person to person, but it’s usually safe for you to have sex a few weeks after your GP inserts it. You might have some cramping and spotting at that point, but that should subside within a few hours or a day or two. However, if the pain and discomfort continue beyond that window or become severe, it’s a good idea to wait until you’re feeling better.
You’ll likely have to wait a bit longer if you have a copper IUD, which can take up to seven days to become fully active. It’s also important to remember that hormone-releasing IUDs might take a little while before they kick in, depending on your cycle and where you are in the sex cycle.
Most people can’t feel their IUD strings while having sex. But if they can, it’s usually a sign that the IUD has either moved or wasn’t inserted properly to begin with. You can check that your IUD is in the right place by running clean fingers up from your cervix, and then feeling for the strings. Your GP will teach you how to do this, or you can ask a friend to do it for you.