Copper Coil IUD:
The Copper Coil IUD is a small T shaped copper or Intra uterine device (IUD) that is fitted into a woman’s womb to stop her from becoming pregnant. It is done in the Doctor’s office without the need for general or local anaesthetic. The Copper IUD is passed via a speculum just like when a pap smear is taken.
Some women find the IUD insertion procedure a little uncomfortable so we usually advise them to take some Panadol about an hour before hand. You can sometimes get a bit of cramping after the procedure just like you can with a period.
Is Copper IUD a Reversible Contraceptive Method?
Yes, the Copper IUD is good long acting reversible method of Contraception for those who do not want hormones. A copper IUD can last for up to 10 years and if you want to become pregnant in that time, it is a very simple Doctor’s office appointment to remove it.
There is no delay in return to fertility. For some women, the Copper IUD can make the periods slightly heavier or more painful. So, if you are someone who already suffers with this, you may prefer Mirena coil insertion which lightens periods.
Mirena coil or Intra Uterine System (IUS):
The Mirena coil is also a T shaped Intra uterine device, but it contains a hormone called Progesterone. The IUS releases Progesterone very slowly and locally into the womb over a 5-year period. This thins the lining of the womb and therefore prevents pregnancy. This also means that it lightens the periods and it is a licensed treatment for heavy periods.
Mirena coil IUD can sometimes cause a bit of irregular bleeding which often settles down after 3 months, but sometimes it doesn’t. Some women, after many months can end up with no periods at all which many find quite convenient! This is perfectly safe.
Both IUD/IUS methods are safe in young women even if they haven’t had a baby and can be fitted 6 weeks after giving birth. Ideally you should have an initial consultation prior to your fitting appointment to see whether the Copper IUD or Mirena IUS is right for you, and to discuss the risks and best and safest time to fit it.
For Copper Coil IUD and Mirena Coil IUS Insertion and consultation at Ames Medical, call us to Book an Appointment at: +1 868 221-3983