{Health} What is an IUD?

I thought it was about time we got personal.

Not enough women know their options when it comes to contraception, so I wanted to speak about the one I recently explored, the IUD. What it is, and why I chose it…

If you think this topic is a little TMI then you may want to skip this one. On the other hand, if your interested then read on!

The copper coil, the IUD, the Inter-Uterine Device, you may have already heard about it, or like me a few months ago, you may only just be discovering it. Either way, hopefully this post will contain some useful information for you and it may help you to make a more informed decision in the future, hopefully the right decision for you.

Obviously, I’m not a doctor, I have no medical training… I’m just sharing my personal journey, so please talk your options over thoroughly with your own doctor and make sure it is the right choice for you before making any decisions!

What is it?
The copper IUD is a plastic device, it has a copper wire wrapped around the stem, and a nylon string attached to the tail. It is inserted into the uterus by a doctor (I’ll talk more this in another post), and it can prevent pregnancy for up to five or ten years (dependent on the type of IUD). Although it is long lasting form of contraception it can be removed which will immediately reverse the effects, rendering you fertile again if you should wish.

The copper coil acts as a spermicide, preventing the egg from becoming fertilized, it also affects transport of the egg in the fallopian tubes. Lastly, it also alters the lining of the womb, making it less suitable for pregnancy. The IUD is at least 99% effective.

The copper IUD is a fantastic alternative for women who want a long term, reliable method of contraceptive. Best of all, and the reason it was the right choice for me is that it is completely compatible for women who cannot, or prefer not to use hormonal contraception. I decided a few months back that hormonal contraception was not for me (I’m hoping to write more on this in the future too), so this was my alternative, and it has been the right choice.

Have you heard of an IUD before?
Have you ever used one?
If you’re willing to share, what contraception are you using?

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

*Please do not use this post as a substitute of advice from your doctor.

8 Comments

  1. October 30, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Great to talk about this stuff. I have an I.U.D in. I’ve had quite a lot of bleeding which has been annoying but it’s finally seemed to settle (they say spotting and irregular periods in the first year are common). My last period only lasted a few days and was way lighter. Persevere it’s worth it!

    I love that I don’t have to take the pill! I think it’s a really good option!

    • December 4, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      Ooh, it’s great to talk to someone else who has it Meg! If you don’t mind me asking, how long have you had it now?
      I’m still in the early stages, but I’m keen for it to start settling in. But even at this early stage, I’m super happy with it, definitely a great option! Xx

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  2. November 3, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    I have never used IUD. It’s a great option for women #perthandwabloggerslinkup #julieinthemaking

    • December 4, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      Thanks for linking up Julie, it is definitely a good option for women who are after a non-hormonal treatment! Xx

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  3. November 3, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    I love the idea of a hormone free IUD but unfortunately from what I’ve read it’s not a very good idea for when you’ve got endo-adeno as I do. I’m trying out the mirena and it has definitely been a tough adjustment period but I’m hoping it’s starting to settle now

    • December 4, 2017 / 1:59 pm

      Ooh, yes Rachel, I’m not sure how compatible it would be with endo at all!
      Good luck with the mirena, I hope it levels out for you soon and it’s the right fit for you! Xx

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  4. November 6, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Never heard of this thank you for sharing it was very informative.

    • December 4, 2017 / 1:57 pm

      No worries Maddy, I think a lot of people still don’t know all the options, so I’m glad you took the time to read! Xx

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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