Intrauterine Device (IUD)
IUD (intrauterine device) - How it works
IUD is an intrauterine device and available in two forms- The Copper T 380A and levonorgestrel intrauterine system (LNG-IUS). Both are T shaped and have length less than 1.5 inches. The copper IUD secretes copper into uterus which acts as a spermicide. While the Mirena releases a hormone progestin which makes lining of cervix thick. As a result, sperm cannot reach the egg and fertilization doesn’t occur.
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Insertion of IUD (intrauterine device)
IUD is inserted by trained healthcare professionals. A speculum is placed in the vagina. Both vagina and cervix are cleaned with antiseptic. An instrument is used to hold the cervix firmly which may cause sharp pain. This device straightens the cervical canal and draws uterus closer to vagina so that measurement of depth of uterine cavity can be done. Then the IUD is inserted by using a narrow applicator tube.
IUD (intrauterine device) - warning signs
Side effects associated with this device are acne, depression, breast tenderness and headache. However, they are temporary and wane after some time period. However, there is a need to call the caregiver in case of following problems.
- Sharp pain in abdomen or pelvic area
- Foul smelling vaginal discharge
- Genital sores
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Spotting between periods
- Fever without any apparent cause
- Genital sores
- Heavy bleeding during menstruation
IUD and pregnancy
If pregnancy is suspected by symptoms such as morning sickness or missed period, it is necessary to visit the caregiver. The doctor will check for occurrence of ectopic pregnancy. If it is not ectopic, you can decide whether to continue with pregnancy or not. If you decide to continue the pregnancy, the healthcare professional will remove the IUD. There is a risk involved in losing the baby in this process. However, this risk is lower than losing the baby to infection. In rare cases, when the pregnancy continues with IUD in place, constant monitoring becomes necessary.