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How to Use Intrauterine Device (IUD)

Why do you need Intrauterine Device

Intrauterine Device (IUD) Women all over the world make use of birth control methods to space out children and also to limit the size of their families. There are many different ways of preventing pregnancy but out of these, one that is long term, very effective, safe, and reversible to allow a woman to become pregnant after its removal is an Intrauterine Device (IUD), or simply IUD, as it is called these days.

Millions of women around the world are today tension free and enjoy sex with their partners secure in the knowledge that their intrauterine device is working all the time to prevent pregnancies.

What is an IUD and how it works

An Intrauterine Device is a piece of plastic in the shape of a T that is placed inside the uterus of a woman by a gynecologist. This device is either copper based or it is hormonal, releasing hormones to prevent pregnancies. The device that is coated with copper does not allow the sperms to fertilize eggs, and if an egg does gets fertilized, the device makes it impossible for the egg to get implanted on the lining of the uterus, thereby effectively eliminating all chances of a pregnancy. The IUD that is coated with female hormones works in much the same manner but also makes the cervical mucus thicker, not allowing the sperm to be able to swim in it to reach the uterus to fertilize an egg. IUD insertion is the job of a specialist and one should not try it at home. Most benefits of IUD are shown below:

  • It remains tucked inside the vagina not felt by the woman or her partner;
  • The efficiency of IUD as a birth control method is very high;
  • IUD is a long term solution to the problem of unwanted pregnancy;
  • IUD is extremely inexpensive and easily installed.
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IUD is extremely effective and safe method of contraception

Among all contraception devices and methods, IUD has the highest, nearly 100% efficacy and there are only rare cases of accidental pregnancy. God thing about an IUD is that it starts working as soon as it is put into place by a doctor and stops working when a woman so desires so that she can become pregnant and give birth to a child. In very few cases, it has been observed that it can come out of place to allow pregnancy. Thus it is necessary to ensure that the Intrauterine Device is in its place to avoid pregnancy. Most women adapt to this device and there are no or very few IUD complications that have been reported.

IUD is a long term solution for women looking to plan their families, and there are devices that can remain in place for as long as 12 years. This means that women, after IUD insertion can become relaxed and tension free as they can have sex whenever they want without the fear of becoming pregnant for such a long period. There is a soft string attached and left inside vagina. This is a string that is used by doctors to feel the IUD inside the vagina and a sign for the women to ensure the device is in its place. Normally, neither the device nor the string is seen or even felt by women though it works effectively to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. What is great about IUD is that it is reversible and a woman can conceive as soon as she gets the Intrauterine device removed from her vagina. If how soon after getting an IUD can I have sex is on your mind, you will be surprised to know that you are ready to enjoy sex soon after a doctor places IUD inside your vagina.

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The devices that release copper ions (copper IUD) that are fatal for sperms can live inside vagina for as long as 10 years. These are also called ParaGard IUD. On the other hand, devices that release progestin hormone (Mirena IUD) to make it difficult for the sperms to travel up to the uterus to fertilize an egg can work for 5 years. IUD insertion is possible at all times except during pregnancies and when there are certain infections.

Final words about IUD benefits

If what are the benefits of an IUD is what one asks, it can be said without hesitation that IUD is perhaps the best contraception device that is safe and most effective. It relieves worries from the minds of women regarding unwanted pregnancies and makes them happy and carefree. There have been even health benefits in the form of reduced menstrual bleeding and reduced incidences of cramps in women who reported heavy bleeding and cramps earlier. IUD is very inexpensive and provides freedom from pregnancies for as long as a woman desires. There is no way for the male partner to know about this device and the woman can safely breastfeed her child. This means that IUD insertion can be done right after the delivery of a baby.

If how do I check my IUD is what you want to know, just feel for the string to ensure that the device is in its place. The questions how much does an IUD cost and where can I get an IUD and are easily answered on the internet.

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Delores C. West is a compassionate healthcare professional with a focus on women's health and wellness. As a certified nurse-midwife, Delores is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to women throughout their reproductive journey. With a warm and nurturing approach, she empowers her patients to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. Delores's expertise in women's health makes her a trusted resource for individuals seeking personalized and compassionate care. Connect with her on LinkedIn to learn more about her commitment to women's health and wellness.