A lot of persons may find it strange to have an intrauterine device as a birth control method. While you may still be wondering how your life will be with an IUD, you need to understand that you can either choose a hormonal or copper IUD. We have professional gynaecologists at our practice that will tell you everything about this contraceptive method. But if you are considering having a copper IUD, here are 7 important things you need to bear in mind:
- Copper IUD alters the uterus environment, so it doesn’t accept sperm and eggs. Just like other IUDs, ParaGard is a T-shaped plastic device that fits comfortably inside your uterus. While ParaGard is wrapped by copper wire, hormonal IUDs produce progestin. It is the copper around the device that builds an inflamed surrounding resisting sperm movement and implantation, and egg fertilisation which inhibits pregnancy
- Insertion can cause moderate to severe pain:To insert the IUD, your doctor will open up your vagina using a speculum, clean your cervix and vagina, and place the device. This is done by putting the IUD into an applicator tube and pushing it all the way from your cervix to your vagina, then releasing the device into the uterus. Once there, the device takes on a T-shape and starts to prevent pregnancy. Copper IUDs have strings that hang down via the cervix. During copper coil removal, the doctor holds onto the strings with a tool and pulls out the IUD
- If you have reproductive system issues, you may not get ParaGard:People with issues like abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic inflammatory disease, large fibroids, and other issues affecting reproduction are not eligible for copper IUD. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns. They can suggest an alternative birth control method
- The full cost of the IUD may be covered by your insurance:Though it might change, but presently most insurance covers include the entire cost of the device and any extra costs that come with insertion. Find out from your insurance provider if you have this cover, or consult your doctor for the cost.
- STIs are not prevented by ParaGard:If you are using condoms as a birth control, it can hinder the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in men and women. The case isn’t the same for copper IUD. So, if you are using it, you’ll need to include male or female condoms, dental dams, or other kinds of protection. Getting regular STI screening is also important.
- ParaGard prevents pregnancy for nearly 10 years:Those who use ParaGard as birth control may not get pregnant for a very long time, compared to hormonal IUDs like Mirena and Kyleena, which prevents pregnancy for around 5 years. Lilettais prevents pregnancy for about 4 years while Skyla is recommended for about 3 years of no conception.
- Copper IUD is more than 99% pregnancy effective:Research reveals that more than 0.8% of the time, copper IUD works very well. 1 in 100 women gets pregnant in the first year when they use copper IUD. All that is required to be done for copper IUD is to insert it. Other birth control methods may require more.
Now that you know about copper IUD, if you need a private IUD fitting in London, there are experts at Gynaecology Clinic that can help you. There is so much information about copper IUD and other birth control methods that if you care to know can be provided. In fact, should you have any questions or concerns, just now on 020 71830435.