THE IUD – AKA THE COPPER COIL
GOOD FOR THE LONG TERM, AND IN AN EMERGENCY.
AN IONIC CHOICE
The intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped device that contains a copper thread. Also known as the copper coil, instead of hormones it releases copper ions that immobilize sperm and stop them from fertilizing the egg. Should a sperm manage to get through, the copper also prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb lining, so you're still protected against pregnancy.
As no contraception method is for everyone, it's important to discuss the copper coil with your doctor or nurse first. Once you've decided an IUD is the right contraception method for you however, there's not much more for you to do. Your doctor or nurse will place it for you, and it will remain effective for up to 5 to 10 years. Once removed, fertility quickly returns to normal.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Up to a decade of protection once fitted.
The window of time an IUD can be placed when using as emergency contraception.
The number of women worldwide using IUDs.
- It can stay in place for up to five or 10 years, but can be removed at any time.
- Allows spontaneity and doesn’t interrupt sex.
- Can be used as emergency contraception if placed within five days of unprotected sex.
- Is hormone-free and can be an option for women who experience effects from hormones.
- Fertility returns to normal once the IUD is removed.
- A doctor or nurse must perform the placement and removal.
- Some women experience cramps, irregular bleeding, headaches, tenderness, or acne after placement.
- There is a small risk the IUD can be pushed out of place and become less effective
- Doesn’t protect against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- Some women experience longer periods with heavier menstrual bleeding and pain.