More and more women are choosing intrauterine devices (IUDs) as their contraceptive of choice. IUDs offer many advantages, including efficacy, cost-effectiveness and high levels of patient satisfaction. One of the primary advantages of IUDs is that they are easy to reverse, and you can get pregnant within a month of removal.
Types of IUD
There are three main varieties of IUD on the market:
- Skyla releases a progestin called levonorgestrel into the uterus, which thickens the cervical mucus to the point where the sperm can’t reach the egg. Skyla works for three years, after which it has to be replaced.
- Mirena works in the exactly the same way as Skyla but lasts for five years instead of three.
- ParaGard is a non-medicated IUD and contains copper which acts as a spermicide. It’s the longest-lasting of the three options and can last up to 12 years.
All varieties of IUD work in similar ways and have similar advantages and benefits. The procedure for inserting the IUD is also the same, as is the reversal process.
Who Can Get an IUD?
IUDs are suitable for use by most women, regardless of age or background. The device is safe even for women with a history of pelvic surgery, ectopic pregnancy, hypertension, and DVT. The main contra-indications for the use of an IUD are pregnancy, a distorted uterus or an ongoing pelvic infection. Our specialist will discuss your suitability before proceeding with the IUD insertion.
How an IUD Is Inserted
When you schedule an IUD insertion at Orange Blossom Women’s Group clinic in Trinity, we will first discuss your health and explain the procedure to you. We’ll make sure that all your concerns are addressed before starting, and ensure that you are relaxed and ready for the procedure.
The specialist will use a speculum to open up your vagina and then insert the IUD using a specialized inserting tool. The IUD will be placed into your uterus through your cervix, and the entire procedure should not take more than five minutes to complete.
What to Expect After the Procedure
Some women report having no symptoms after the procedure, while others may report mild cramping and spotting, but luckily these symptoms go away relatively quickly. After the insertion of the IUD, many women also report a lightening of their period, and some women stop having a period altogether.
An IUD is a safe, effective and reversible form of contraception that is suitable for use by almost any woman. If you’re interested in the procedure, contact us at Orange Blossom Women’s Group in Trinity and one of our specialists will be ready to assist you with your particular query.