Contraception Options: Understanding the Intrauterine Device

There are multiple methods of contraception to consider if you are thinking about changing your birth control plans. One of the popular options for women is the IUD coil or the intrauterine device. As implied, this is a special device which inserted into the uterus to prevent conception. This product is manufactured using copper and plastic and is shaped into a T-shape, even though it is often referred to as a coil. Here are the most important aspects of the intrauterine device that you should understand if you are thinking about using this product as your contraceptive.

How It Works

The intrauterine device is highly effective in birth control because it prevents the continued survival of the eggs and the sperm in the uterus. Moreover, it can prevent a fertilised egg from becoming implanted on the womb walls. In general, this contraceptive is similar to the hormonal intrauterine system, which releases a special hormone, preventing fertilisation and implantation. However, the IUD coil releases copper instead of a hormone. The element changes the nature of the fluid in the womb and fallopian tubes as well as the general environment, making the environment unsuitable for reproductive cell survival. There are numerous types of IUDs with varying levels of copper content. You should note that those with less copper can be considerably less effective.

The Fitting Process

The IUD fitting process is relatively simple, but it must be inserted by a trained medical professional, usually in a sexual health clinic like Travellers Medical Services. Normally, before the device can be placed, your womb will have to be examined. This will help the doctor evaluate the size and general positioning of the womb. The results will be critical in ensuring the correct insertion of the IUD. You might also be tested for possible sexually transmitted infections. It is not advisable for you to get the coil inserted if there is an untreated reproductive infection. During the insertion, the vagina is held open, just like it is during cervical screening. The IUD is inserted through your cervix, so it can be uncomfortable and, sometimes, painful. If necessary, you can request anaesthetic.

Benefits and Drawbacks

The IUD is favoured because it starts working immediately after insertion. It is a long-acting method of contraception, although the exact duration will depend on the specific device. If you want to reverse the effects of the contraception, the coil can be easily taken out. In addition, the device does not interfere with sex or with medication. Complications are rare, but some women might experience extensive cramps.

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