Are you all set for an intrauterine device that gives you the feeling you are getting initiated into a slightly strange contraceptive club? Well, before you may begin dreaming about your life with an IUD, there is still at least one choice to make – hormonal or copper. You may talk to your private gynaecologists at our London clinic who will help with what you should know about this kind of birth control
1. Copper IUD changes environment in the uterus to make it toxic to eggs and sperm – ParaGard is a T-shaped plastic device that fits snugly within your uterus like other IUDs. The difference is that though hormonal IUDs produce progestin, ParaGard has copper wire coiled around it. The copper creates an inflammatory reaction that interferes with egg fertilization, sperm movement and implantation, thus preventing pregnancy.
2. Use ParaGard to prevent pregnancy for almost 10 years – ParaGard is the essence of “set it and forget it” kind of birth control that provides protection against pregnancy for a long time. By comparison, hormonal IUDs Kyleena and Mirena are suggested for almost five years, Lilettais is recommended for nearly four years and Skyla for up to three years.
3. Copper IUD is more than 99 percent effective to avoid pregnancy – As per the research, it has been found that copper IUD does not work for only 0.8 percent of time. This comes to 1 amongst 100 women becoming pregnant in the first year when they use copper IUD, which has greater success rate. Unlike the birth control methods that you need to take, you really do not need to do anything with copper IUD than getting it inserted.
4. ParaGard does not protect against sexually transmitted infections – When it is about birth control, male and female condoms can only prevent spreading sexually transmitted infections. Thus, if you are using copper IUD and are at greater risk for STIs, then you will need using some kind of protection such as male or female condoms or dental dams and get tested as often as possible.
5. Your insurance might cover the entire cost of the IUD – Many insurance companies cover the costs in full, though that might change in future. This includes fees for the device and any other costs associated with the insertion. You may talk to your insurance provider or discuss about the probable costs at your doctor’s office.
6. You may not get ParaGard if you have some health problems that affect your reproductive system – Some people are not the right candidate for using copper IUD. Thus, people with uterine issues such as large fibroids might affect the placement of an IUD. A pelvic inflammatory disease is a contraindication just like unusual vaginal bleeding that has not been diagnosed with other problems. If you are worried about the copper IUD, talk to your doctor about it. They will either reassure that it will help you to find another birth control for your situation.
7. Insertion may vary from an uncomfortable pinch to very painful – During an IUD insertion, the medical practitioner will try to insert a speculum into your vagina, clean your cervix and vagina and then place the IUD. They perform this by putting a device into an applicator tube, then pushing the tube through your cervix and into your vagina, then releasing the IUD into the uterus. After an IUD is there, it may assume T shape and begin its pregnancy-preventing ways. Unlike IUDs, copper version has fishing wire-esque strings that usually hang down through the cervix. The copper coil removal method involves the medical practitioner to grasp onto the strings of an IUD with a tool and then pulling out the device.
There is lots of information about the copper IUD along with other birth control options. If you have some question and are really too excited to get in there, that’s where the gynae experts are there for.
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