An Intrauterine device (IUD) is an effective and convenient form of contraception. The fact that you can choose either hormonal or non-hormonal make them a popular choice for people who find other forms of contraception incompatible with their lifestyles (busy, travelling), or those who cannot take hormonal forms of contraception for health reasons.

The NHS site says that "it can be uncomfortable when the IUD is put in, but you can take painkillers after, if you need to".

While some people only experience mild discomfort during the procedure, there are many people who experience severe pain and for whom no form of painkiller is used. There can also be severe pain after the insertion that can last for several days or even weeks.

I would like to see the following:

Better expectation management of what the insertion and removal of an IUD entails

More pain relief options as standard including gas and air, sedation and muscle relaxants.

Not everyone will choose to have additional pain relief, but I strongly feel that for those who want it, it should be administered.

If you believe that people should be able to undergo IUD placement and removal with the appropriate form of pain relief for them, please sign the petition.

And if you have had an IUD fitted, please feel free to share your experience in this survey.

I will not pass on any of your accounts or details without your permission and any input can remain anonymous.

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* 1. Where did you get your IUD fitted?

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* 2. Did you experience pain during your IUD fitting?

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* 3. Rate the pain you experienced from 0-10. 0 being none and 10 being excruciating.

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* 4. Were you advised to take any pain relief before the IUD insertion?

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* 5. Did you do any of the following during or after the procedure? Select all that apply.

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* 6. Do you feel that you were adequately informed of how the IUD fitting would feel? 

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* 7. Do you think that better pain relief should be offered for IUD fitting and removal procedures?

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* 8. What do you feel would be appropriate pain relief for an IUD fitting procedure? Please select all that apply.

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* 9. Would you like to share your experience in your own words? Please write about it below.

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* 10. You can remain anonymous. But if you don't mind being contacted to follow up or provide comment, please leave your details below.

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* 11. Finally, what would have improved your experience of having an IUD fitted? Select all that apply.

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