Intrauterine device (IUD)
One of the most commonly used and most reliable forms of contraception is the IUD. An IUD is a small, anchor-shaped object that is placed in the uterus. An IUD is an acronym for Intra-Uterine Device (in the womb). An IUD works for a long time: it prevents a pregnancy for five to ten years (depending on the type of IUD). The IUD is available in two types: an IUD that releases hormones and a copper IUD with no hormonal effect.
Hormone coil The hormone IUD continuously releases a small amount of progesterone. This influences the composition of the uterus mucous membrane, which makes the development of a pregnancy impossible.
Copper coil The copper coil emits a small amount of copper continuously and very gradually. This ensures that sperm cells become inactive, so fertilisation is no longer possible. If this happens, the coil will prevent the implantation of the fertilised egg. It is, therefore, impossible for a pregnancy to continue. The copper IUD is suitable for women who do not want or are not allowed to use hormonal contraception.
Things you need to know: - An IUD is inserted by an experienced Doctor or Gynaecologist.
- An IUD does not allow you to shift or skip your period.
- After the removal of the IUD, your fertility is almost immediately restored.