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Carevix makes IUD insertion a less painful process


Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are a popular choice for birth control among women, yet the insertion process can be painful, deterring some from opting for this method. A new development by Aspivix aims to change this narrative with their latest device, Carevix, designed to make IUD insertion less painful by using suction instead of the traditional tenaculum.

Understanding the traditional IUD insertion process

Traditionally, IUD insertion involves using a tenaculum to grasp the cervix, which can cause punctures and painful uterine contractions. Carevix offers a gentler alternative by employing suction technology, significantly reducing pain and bleeding during the procedure.

FDA approval and clinical studies

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared Carevix last year, with plans for commercialization in the United States imminent. Preliminary studies, including one presented at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ annual meeting, indicate that Carevix can reduce pain, particularly in women who have never given birth, as their cervixes have not been previously dilated.

Feedback from health care providers

Initial feedback from health care providers is promising. In a study involving nearly 300 procedures, 76% of providers successfully used Carevix on their first attempt, with success rates increasing after repeated use. Most patients reported manageable pain levels, describing the procedure as “easy.”

Limitations and considerations

Despite its benefits, Carevix does not address all pain points associated with IUD insertion, such as the discomfort caused by measuring the length of the cervix. Additionally, being a disposable device, Carevix contributes to medical waste, which is an ongoing concern in health care.


While Carevix is not a complete replacement for traditional methods, it represents a significant step forward in reducing the discomfort associated with IUD procedures. As it becomes more widely available, it could play a crucial role in making IUDs a more appealing option for women seeking long-term birth control.