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Intrauterine Contraceptive Device
Effortless Contraception with IUCD
Intrauterine Contraceptive Device, or IUCD insertion is a medical procedure in which a small, T-shaped device is inserted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. The device is made of a plastic or copper and can be effective for several years, depending on the type of material.
IUCDs are a highly effective form of birth control, with a failure rate of less than 1%. Some IUCDs can last for as long as 10 years. IUCDs are a convenient option for women who want effective, convenient birth control method. In addition, IUCDs are also reversible, meaning that fertility returns to normal levels quickly after removal.
If you plan on getting an IUCD, contact us for a consultation with one of our doctors to determine if this is the best birth control method for you.
How many types of IUCDs are there?
There are two types of IUCDs: Hormonal and non-hormonal (copper).
The hormonal IUCD releases a small amount of progestin, which thickens the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. In some cases, it may also prevent ovulation in some women.
The non-hormonal (copper) IUCD works by releasing copper ions, which create an environment that is toxic to sperm, preventing them from fertilizing an egg.
Both types of IUCD are over 99% effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy and can be used for up to 10 years, depending on the specific type. These IUCDs are long-acting, reversible contraceptive option that is fuss-free with minimal risks.
How Is An IUCD Inserted?
An IUCD is inserted by a doctor as an outpatient procedure. The doctor will insert a speculum into the vagina to visualise the cervix, and then insert the IUCD into the cervix and into the uterus.
What Are the Side Effects of IUCD?
Common side effects of IUCDs include cramping and spotting for the first few months after insertion. Hormonal IUCDs can also cause irregular bleeding, headaches, and breast tenderness. In rare cases, serious side effects such as infection or perforation of the uterus can occur.
Can IUCD Be Displaced or Fall Out?
It is rare for an IUCD to fall out, but it can happen. If this occurs, contact your doctor to have the IUCD reinserted.
Can IUCD Prevent STDs?
No, IUCDs do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. It is important to use a condom or other forms of barrier protection in addition to an IUCD to prevent transmitting or acquiring STDs.