What you need to know about an IUD

IUD contraception in practice:

You no longer need to take a daily hormonal contraception

The IUD is put into position after your menses and it is painless so there is no anaesthesia necessary during the consultation

You can remove it when you wish.

It can remain in place for between 5 – 10 years (except for Mirena which has to be changed every 5 years)

You can have and IUD even if you have never had children

The IUD is easy to monitor during a consultation where the practitioner checks the position of the strings deep in the vagina.

Should the strings be annoying (for example for your partner) they can be trimmed by your gynaecologist.

Ultrasound scans can be used to monitor the position of the IUD

If you experience pain in the lower abdomen, if your periods are late, if you have a fever or abnormal bleeding then you should quickly book a consultation with your doctor or your gynaecologist.

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