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.