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Intrauterine Devices (IUDs): A Modern Solution For Birth Control

04.23.24 in Birth Control

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs): A Modern Solution For Birth Control

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) For Birth Control

Intrauterine Devices, commonly known as IUDs, are a highly effective and long-lasting method of birth control. Adopted globally by women seeking a reliable and low-maintenance contraceptive option, IUDs offer unique benefits.

Understanding IUDs

An IUD is a small, often T-shaped device inserted into the uterus. It’s designed to prevent pregnancy either by releasing hormones and through its sheer presence in the endometrial canty.

Types and Duration

  • Copper IUDs does not release hormones and can last up to 10 years. However, this type of IUD is no longer a modern solution for birth control as they are painful.
  • Hormonal IUDs are effective and last for 5 years.

Effectiveness and Benefits

IUDs are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Hormonal IUDs thicken cervical mucus and thin the uterine lining. There are many benefits to using IUDs for birth control including the following.

  • Once inserted, they are non-intrusive
  • Reliable and highly effective
  • Low maintenance
  • Long-term birth control
  • Hormonal IUDs can reduce heavy bleeding during menstrual cycle and painful periods.

Although IUDs are safe for most women, it should be noted that the risk of uterine perforation and device expulsion, although rare, exists.

Insertion and Removal Of IUDs For Birth Control

Performed by a healthcare provider, insertion is a quick process. Although, it can cause temporary cramps or discomfort. While removal is straightforward, it should always be done by a professional.

IUDs are suitable for many women, including those who have never been pregnant. However, they may not be ideal for women with certain health conditions. For this reason, consultation with a healthcare provider is essential to determine suitability.

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