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Intrauterine Device (IUD) Information
on Oct 28, 2012
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
The intrauterine device (IUD) is one of the most effective contraceptive methods, and using it involves little to no risks or side effects.
The intrauterine device (IUD for short) is one of the most effective contraceptive methods, and using it involves little to no risks or side effects. The procedure consists of implanting in your uterus a small T-shaped tube that has the role to break down the sperm and to thicken the cervical mucus, making the uterus a hostile environment for the spermatozoa and for the potential pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Many women are reluctant to use this birth control method, because they do not know much about it and the way it works. Here in a list containing 5 pieces of intrauterine device information that can help you make the right choice.
It is implanted through a procedure that can be performed only by a physician, and almost no pain is experienced. It may take a little while for the body to get used to the device, but it does not embarrass you or your partner during sexual intercourse. You may also experience slight cramps in the lower part of the abdomen, but they will pass after one or two days.
There are two types of intrauterine devices: one is made of copper, a natural contraceptive, and the other one contains hormones that are released in your body, preventing you to conceive. Both types are effective for a very long period, from five years, in case of hormonal IUD, to 10 years in case of the one made of copper. Besides, none of them is expensive, and the implantation procedure is the same.
This device is the perfect birth control method for women who have a busy routine, and do not have time to follow other treatments or do not remember to take their pills every day. Once it is set and your body gets used to it, you can forget it is there. All you have to do in order to make sure everything is all right is to ask your doctor for an examination from time to time.
Another piece of interesting intrauterine device information concerns the device’s ability to prevent some sexually transmitted diseases. Of course, this works as long as you have sexual intercourse with only one partner; the protection offered if you choose to have sex with more men being less effective.
For women who want to conceive after the removal of the IUD, the question is always whether there will be fertility obstacles to overcome. While the makers of contraceptive devices claim no impediments toward fertility, the reality is that with hormone-based contraception, fertility is delayed anywhere from a couple months to a year. So keep this in mind when beginning this contraceptive device and to plan accordingly well in advance when you’re ready to begin your family.
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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).