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The IUD
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The IUD


It might look a bit daunting but the IUD can be a really great option for those who don't like the idea of hormone based methods. It's also a good choice for women who could want to get pregnant in the near future and those who want a long lasting method which they can forget about.

Also known as the coil, or loop, the IUD is a T-shaped copper device, inserted into the uterus for a period of three to 10 years. It changes the chemistry of the uterus and destroys sperm. 

An IUD can also be used for is emergency contraception up to five days after you have sex.

Pros:
  • It can be fitted and forgotten about for three to 10 years depending on the model you choose. 
  • It's effective as soon as it is inserted correctly. 
  • Once the IUD is removed you go straight back to your normal levels of fertility so it is great temporary option if you want to get pregnant in the near future and don't want to go on the pill.
Cons:
  • The inital insertion of the IUD can be quite painful and uncomfortable.
  • There's a small chance of infection within 20 days of having the IUD. 
  • There's a risk that it could be rejected by your body.


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2012/10/20
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