Intrauterine Device (IUD)
- The Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a small, “T-shaped” device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
- The IUD is one the MOST effective forms of contraceptives. No worries here!
- This device must be inserted by a healthcare provider.
- The IUD can last up to 10 years (wise choice if you want rest of mind), but you can remove it whenever you are ready to have children.
- IUDs keep your business entirely private. Nobody needs to know that you have it and they can not, if you do not tell.
If you choose the IUD, then you would have chosen one of the most effective contraceptive methods of all! Out of 100 women who use IUDs, less than 1 will become pregnant in a year. (Quite a solid choice, isn’t it?)
You must remember, however, that the IUD will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Use a male or female condom for protection from disease or infections every time you have sex.
When you have decided to get the IUD, simply visit a healthcare provider. He or she will ask you some necessary questions about your health and will likely test you for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which must be treated before you receive an IUD.
It is pretty common to feel some cramps when you get an IUD inserted, but they will go away with rest or pain medication. Some women might feel dizzy, too.
Once the IUD is in, there is a short string that hangs down into your vagina, so that the IUD can be removed later by your healthcare provider. (The strings do not hang out of the vagina like a tampon, though). Never pull on the string, but if the string bothers your partner (if he can feel it during sex), you can ask your healthcare provider to trim the strings for you. Never attempt to trim the strings yourself.
Do not use an IUD if you have had a pelvic infection recently or if you think you may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Be open and truthful for your own safety. Your healthcare provider can easily treat most sexually transmitted diseases and then you are on your way to getting an IUD!
- It is entirely your business. You can keep it that way if you want. No one will know if you do not tell them.
- There are no tell-tale preparations for prevention of pregnancy that can give you away or embarrass you before sex.
- The Copper IUD will not tamper with or disturb you hormone levels in any way.
- IUDs are safe during breastfeeding. Neither will any hormone find its way into the breast milk as some may think or say.
- Your fertility returns very quickly once you have your IUD removed.
You may experience:
- Slight cramping during insertion of IUD or mild backache for only a few days.
- Spotting between your periods in the first 3-6 months.
- Irregular periods or slightly increased menstrual cramps in the first 3-6 months.
They should not feel it. But, if they say they can feel something, it is probably just the strings. So, simply ask your healthcare provider to trim the strings that usually come out of the cervix into the vagina. It is dangerous to attempt to trim the strings yourself! And do not ever try to pull it out for any reason! Only a healthcare provider can do these things.
Your fertility will return quickly after your IUD is removed. And that is wonderful if you want a baby. Accept our congratulations in advance!