“Because of family history, I don’t want to take any estrogens.”
“I just want to feel secure about everything and not have to think about it.”
“It was better than having to take a pill or inserting something and having to take it out.”
“…I never felt like I had any other options because all the other, like the patch and depo provera, all have these crazy side-effects that I was terrified of, and I know condoms always break.”
“I wish everybody knew about it, because they’re [IUDs] so wonderful.”
“Liberté UT380 IUD’s offer excellent contraceptive efficacy at a low cost. More women and their physicians need to become aware of them.”
— Dr. B. Byczco, Medical Director, Everywomans Health Centre
Copper IUDs will last for years and couples like them because they prevent pregnancy without interrupting sex ( like when using condoms ) or having to take a pill everyday. They are excellent for women who cannot take hormones because of their side effects, or because a woman has a high risk of blood clots.
Why are copper IUDs popular ?
Copper IUDs will last 5 or 10 years. Many women choose copper IUDs because they are generally less expensive than other IUDs and copper IUDs have no hormones. They are very effective with about 1 in 100 women getting pregnant in a year. They may make periods heavier and longer by about 20-50%. There are no side effects from a copper IUD outside the uterus: no weight gain, mood changes, nausea, sore breasts, etc. Women with heavy, painful periods should consult their doctor. The copper IUD is also very effective as emergency contraception.
Ease of Use:
IUDs work well, and couples like them because they prevent pregnancy, they do not require ‘delay time’ prior to having sex, like condoms do, and they are less hassle than taking daily pills. They are excellent for women who cannot take hormones, due to side effects, or for women who have a high risk of blood clots.
Doctors can prescribe and insert an IUD within the same visit. Doctors will check the size and position of a patient’s uterus. The doctor puts a speculum into the vagina so that they can see the cervix and check for any infection. Usually freezing is used with a local anesthetic prior to insertion of the IUD. Most women feel a pinching feeling and may experience cramps for a few minutes when the IUD is inserted. Taking ibuprofen an hour before an IUD placement helps reduce cramping. The best time to insert an IUD is during or just after a period, but they can be inserted any time, as long as a patient is not pregnant.
There are no increased risks of infection except in the first few weeks after insertion. Patients are usually checked by their doctor and antibiotics are given to those who are at high risk for infection (for example, women with more than one sexual partner). There are no long-term effects on fertility. There may be a 5% chance per year of the IUD being rejected or of falling out. It is a good idea to consult your doctor about IUDs. There is about a 1/1000 chance of the IUD perforating the uterus or of the IUD positioning itself into the wrong place, requiring a doctor’s attention for removal. Perforations heal and do not cause any problems later with pregnancy.