You might have sometimes counseled on considering family planning but held back by divers erroneous and unhealthy news making roundabout family planning. If that is you, Adebayo Living Tower Hospital presents you with this good news on the safety of IUD as a form of planning.
What Is an IUD? “IUD” stands for Intrauterine Device. Is a device with T-shape which will perfectly insert and fit into the uterus. The device aims at preventing sperm from reaching the fallopian tube, hence, preventing fertilization.
Reasons to consider IUDs over others?
Here are a few reasons you may wish to consider IUDs over other family planning methods
- It is highly effective with a negligible chance of failure.
- It is can serve for a very long period of time.
- It is hassle-free, neither raise concern nor anxiety.
- It is a one-time payment as there is no renewal cost.
- It is recommendable to use when breastfeeding.
Why can’t you use it?
If you have any of the following, you are at risk if you use it:
- If you are diagnosed of any STDs, because, it does not prevent transmission of the disease.
- If you have a pelvic infection.
- As a pregnant woman, you don’t need any family planning until after delivery.
- As a cancer of the cervix or uterus patient, this may cause serious bleeding and obstruction in the treatment of the cancer
- You are suffering from unexplainable vaginal bleeding.
You can book an appointment with us to have a whole coverage of other methods that can suit your condition.
What is the associated risk of using IUD?
Serious problems from IUDs are not at all common, though, at the point of insertion, you would feel pain as a strong menstrual cramp, however, the cramp does not last longer than the period.
Advantages of IUDs
The IUD is one of the most popular contraceptive methods, especially for long-term reversible contraception, as it can be easily fitted and removed. Its advantages include:
- It is highly effective, with a 98-99% success rate over five years of IUD use
- It can be used by almost any woman including nulliparous
- Its action can last for ten years if it is not removed in between
- Its action is immediate
- It is independent of sexual activity
- It doesn’t interfere with intercourse
- It is suitable for lactating (breastfeeding) women
- Fertility returns promptly on discontinuation
- It can be used by women who are on any type of medication
- It is not associated with cancer of any organ unlike hormonal contraception
- It does not cause weight gain
- It does not usually affect mood or sex drive
Are there any disadvantage(s) associated with IUDs?
Despite the obvious benefits of an IUD, it has minor and major drawbacks, such as:
- It doesn’t offer any protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- There is a very slight risk (about 1%) of getting a uterine infection during IUD insertion within 20 days of the procedure. The chance of getting this infection is a factor of the efficiency of the doctor in charge.
- If a woman becomes infected with an STI with an IUD in situ, the pelvic inflammatory disease may result without if there is no adequate treatment
- Uterine perforation may occur in 0.1 percent of women during insertion. This may manifest as lower abdominal pain. Perforation will require surgical removal
- There is a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy if conception occurs with an IUD in situ, though pregnancies are very rare with this method
Our additional offers at ALTH
- Just before we consent to your proposal of opting for IUDs, we often seek your spouse agreement
- We offer a free range of medical consultation before inserting
- We prioritize your wellness by checking out on any possible damage done to your pelvic
- Alternatively, we recommend a better option if IUDs won’t be a good one.