Sexual Health

Intrauterine Device (IUDs) – Say NO to unwanted pregnancy!

    You can watch a fun video or read below to learn about IUD

    So, What is an IUD? 

    An Intrauterine device also known as IUD –  is a common birth control device. It’s a tiny piece of plastic, shaped like a T and is put inside the uterus. It is a long-term, reversible type of contraception and is considered very effective in preventing pregnancy. 

    There are 2 types of IUDs: Copper IUD and Hormonal IUD. 

    The Copper IUD is made of plastic and wrapped with a coil of copper wire, hence its name. Sperms do not like copper! Thus the IUD acts as a spermicide – killing sperms that come into the vagina and preventing them from fertilizing the egg and getting you pregnant. They can be placed for up to 12 years!

    Hormonal IUDs are small cylindrical devices as big as a matchstick. Theu release hormones which makes it harder for the sperm to travel to the egg and fertilize it. It also suppresses the lining of the uterus and just in case a sperm does manage to fertilize an egg, – the IUD stops the implant therefore preventing pregnancy. They can be placed for up to 5 years!

    If you’re looking to get an IUD Implanted – 

    STEP 1 – SEE A DOCTOR  

    Both devices can be purchased from a medical shop. But you always get a doctor to place it. The doctor will examine to figure out what size you would need and advise you on a painkiller and basic steps to prevent infections and complications. Also, This is a great opportunity for you to get tested for STDs.

    Say Bye bye to unwanted pregnancy and STDs!

    STEP 2 – REGULAR CHECK UPS 

    To be on the safe side, just check for a few signs after the placement to make sure everything is fine. These signs can be getting fever, chills, pain during sex, abdominal pain, the string is missing or feels shorter or longer, abnormal vaginal discharge, or the period pain lasts longer than the first few weeks. If you experience any of these, there is nothing to worry – Just visit your doctor and he/she can guide you. 

    They are very safe but on certain rare occasions there is a possibility of the IUD partially or fully slipping out of the womb and this can get you pregnant. Hence, once placed make sure you follow up with the doctor regularly to see if it’s placed correctly and everything is okay. You may experience some discomfort in the beginning but the good news is, you can have sex as soon as you feel normal after the placement! 

    See how easy that is?

    Why worry about taking a pill daily when you can just implant an IUD!

    IUDs are more than 99% effective and can be used for years at a time! When you decide to get pregnant just get it removed and you’re good to have a baby! They can also be used directly after giving birth or while breastfeeding.

    IUDs are safe but remember, they do not protect against STDs. Hence, a condom is a must every time. Using condoms along with your IUD is the best option! Stay safe, play safe!

    And if you need more information on IUD or others forms of contraception you can call on the toll free helpline 18002580001 or CHAT NOW to a sexual health expert.