Let’s Talk Birth Control, Have You Ever Tried An IUD? – ZUMI

Let’s Talk Birth Control, Have You Ever Tried An IUD?

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Anyone using the pill can understand how difficult remembering to take your pill every day can be. If you have a busy life, the last thing you want to worry about is having to take birth control pills regularly. The thing is, you don’t have to, you can use an IUD instead.

So let’s tell you about this alternative to birth control pills

What is an IUD (Intra-Uterine Device)?
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An IUD is a tiny device that is planted in your uterus by a doctor or nurse to prevent pregnancy. An IUD is 99% effective against pregnancy and can be reversed at any time. Unlike most birth control pills, the moment you take out an IUD you can get pregnant. IUDs prevent pregnancy by preventing sperms from getting to the eggs. But different types do it in different ways.

There are two types of IUDs

Hormonal IUDs
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This is similar to birth control pills. Once it is planted, it releases hormones into your body that prevents sperm from getting to the eggs. These hormones can also prevent ovulation, cause irregular periods, reduce heavy periods and ease menstrual cramps. You might get side effects like nausea and breast tenderness. Hormonal IUDs are effective for up to three to five years depending on the brand.

Copper IUDs
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This is wrapped in copper wire, so instead of releasing hormones into your system, it repels sperm. The copper IUD is effective for up to 10 years after it is inserted. For the first few months, you might have heavy periods and a bit of cramping. It can also cause backaches and vaginal discharge or spotting between periods.

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It is preferable to use the hormonal IUDs as they can also help relieve menstrual cramps and reduce heavy periods. But in the meantime, you can check out this emergency contraceptive instead.




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