A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.
What is T-Safe?
T-Safe 380A QL is a T-shaped non-hormonal contraceptive intrauterine device. T-Safe 380A QL comprises a polyethylene frame and copper, which blocks fertilisation by decreasing sperm motility and also prevents any fertilised eggs from becoming embedded within the lining of the womb. T-Safe 380A QL does not contain any hormones, allowing natural menstruation to occur.
What is T-Safe used for?
T-Safe 380A QL is a contraceptive intrauterine device that prevents pregnancy. It is a long term contraceptive option suitable for women who cannot take hormone-based contraception (such as women who have migraines, thrombosis, diabetes, or are heavy smokers) or those who prefer not to use a hormone contraceptive due to the potential side effects of weight gain or mood swings. T-Safe 380A QL is a highly effective contraceptive as it is not affected by the majority of medications and it cannot be 'forgotten' like a hormone pill.
How to use T-Safe 380A QL?
T-Safe 380A QL is inserted into the uterine cavity of women of reproductive age by a healthcare professional. Fitting is best conducted during menstruation reducing the likelihood of insertion during a non-diagnosed pregnancy and allowing easier insertion as the uterus entrance is wider.
T-Safe 380A QL is T-shaped, 36 mm long and 32 mm wide, and contains 380 mm2 of copper wound around the shaft and both side arms. T-Safe 380A QL should be replaced after 10 years.
Some women may experience the following side effects after T-Safe 380A QL has been inserted:
- Heavier menstrual bleeding;
- Intermenstrual bleeding;
- Pelvic infection.
See the package insert for more information on side effects.
Who should not use T-Safe 380A QL?
T-Safe 380A QL should not be used in women with womb abnormalities, vaginal bleeding, genital tract conditions/infections, previous history of ectopic pregnancy. The effectiveness of T-Safe 380A QL may be diminished by long term use of medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids.
Pregnancy / driving ability
T-Safe 380A QL should not be used in women who are already pregnant (however, it is suitable for women who have given birth and are breast-feeding). Fertility will return as soon as T-Safe 380A QL is removed, T-Safe 380A QL does not affect driving ability.