It depends. An IUD 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.
The IUD can be used as an emergency contraception and must be inserted within five to eight days (ideally within 120 hours) after unprotected sex.
Because of the insertion procedure, the IUD is not suitable to be used regularly as emergency contraception.
Neither you nor your partner should feel the IUD during sex. If you do, sex should be avoided until your doctor has checked that the IUD is still in the correct position.
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 IUD 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 IUD is inserted.
It is likely. Women using an IUD are more susceptible to experiencing an increase in blood loss each month than non-users. This typically occurs because of increased duration and heaviness of menstrual flow, but may also result from irregular bleeding and spotting in between periods.
An IUD can be left in place from five up to 10 years, depending on the type. After this time, 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 doctor or healthcare provider about continuing with this method.
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Accessed on September 6, 2016