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Intrauterine Device (IUS)

It depends. An IUS insertion is usually well tolerated by most women. Some women may experience pain and dizziness after insertion, which usually settles after resting for a short time. Normal pain killers or local anaesthesia may be applied to the uterine cervix prior to the insertion.

No. The IUS has not been investigated for use as an emergency contraception.

Yes. Occasionally, the muscular contractions of the womb during menstruation may sometimes push it out of place or expel it. Very rarely it can perforate the wall of the uterus. If a user of an IUS experiences any unusual bleeding, pain or discomfort, the doctor or healthcare provider must be informed as soon as possible.

The IUD (Intrauterine Device) is a small plastic T-shaped device covered by copper or other metals which is inserted in the cavity of the womb. In contrast, the IUS (Intrauterine System), is made of two components: the plastic T-shaped device and a cylinder containing progestin hormone, which is released slowly from the system. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider to find out which option is more appropriate for you.

Yes. However, the use of sanitary pads instead is encouraged. If tampons are used, you should change them more frequently the first month after the IUS is inserted.

It depends. The progestin released from the IUS causes the lining of the uterus to become very thin. As a result, it may change your menstrual periods so that you can have shorter or longer periods, lighter or heavier bleeding, or no bleeding at all. This usually clears after the first months following insertion.

If it does not clear, then you should see your doctor or healthcare provider to make sure there is not another cause for the bleeding.

It depends. Generally, many women with an IUS will experience less and lighter bleeding after the IUS is fitted. Some women may not have any periods at all anymore.

No. It will need to be replaced with a new device. If this method of contraception has worked well for you, and if you still wish to use a long-term contraceptive option, then you can discuss with your healthcare provider about continuing with this method.

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Reference: https://www.your-life.com/en/contraception-methods/long-acting-contraception/intrauterine-system/
Accessed on September 6, 2016