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No anaesthetic offered for painful IUD insertions


Fewer than 5 per cent of women fitted with intrauterine device receive effective pain relief, even though over half experience some pain when the coil is inserted, a doctor has claimed in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare.

Dr Sam Hutt of London’s Margaret Pyke Centre said sexism, misguided professional pride and a lack of knowledge about the safe and effective pain relief options available are all partly to blame.

He says an injectable local anaesthetic can prevent “unnecessary and avoidable” pain.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Local anaesthetic can be painfull during administration and may even be more painful than the actual insertion with out an anaesthetic. Over many years I had several of these devices inserted and found the proceedure uncomforatble rather than painful. If the doctor or nurse took time to relax the person with breathing and relaxation session it would be just as effetive.

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  • I have to agree with the above comments, administrators should just take their time, relax the patient, explain the procedure carefully so they know clearly what to expect and remember not everything can be completely discomfort free. The discomfort in my experience, is brief, people should stop getting so worked up -in my working experience the worst offenders for trying to rush procedures are some doctors. I have seen local aesthetics given and then doctors expecting to proceed at once with ie removal of nails/suturing etc. it's time they thought a little more about just what they are doing and why and take a little more care with their methods.

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