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An intrauterine device (IUD) is a modern and reversible form of contraception offering women a long-lasting and effective alternative to the contraceptive pill. As a dedicated gynaecologist, Dr Peter specialises in prescribing contraception options, including IUD’s and takes a personalised approach to discovering the ideal contraceptive solution that suits your unique needs and preferences.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a highly effective and convenient form of long-acting reversible contraception. An IUD device is shaped like a small “T” and is inserted into the uterus to reduce the likelihood of pregnancy significantly.
A hormone-releasing IUD, also known as a progesterone IUD (Mirena or Kyleena), is a specialised intrauterine device that releases progestin, a synthetic hormone similar to the naturally produced hormone progesterone. This contraceptive method effectively thickens cervical mucus, creating a barrier that stops sperm from reaching the egg. Additionally, it thins the uterine lining, reducing the likelihood of pregnancy. The hormone-releasing IUD is a highly effective and reliable form of contraception, offering women a convenient and long-lasting option to prevent pregnancy.
Unlike hormonal IUDs, the copper IUD does not release any hormones into the body. Instead, it works by creating a toxic environment for sperm, which immobilises and damages them, making it difficult for them to fertilise an egg. Additionally, the copper IUD alters the uterine lining, preventing the implantation of a fertilised egg.
While the majority of women don’t experience any side effects with a hormonal IUD (progestogen), a small percentage may notice some effects on their skin in the form of acne, weight gain or mood changes.
Dr Peter Jurcevic is a dedicated gynaecologist offering personalised and compassionate care for IUD insertion and removal at our Melbourne clinic. He performs the procedure with expertise and attentiveness, ensuring his patients feel at ease throughout the process. Understanding that IUD insertion can be a daunting experience for some, Dr Peter takes the time to address any concerns and provide support, making the journey as comfortable and stress-free as possible. If you would like to learn more information about different contraceptive options, book your first gynaecology appointment here.
Your intrauterine device (IUD) provides the flexibility and convenience of removing it whenever desired. Depending on the type of IUD, it can provide contraceptive protection for up to five years.
Although an IUD boasts an impressive 99% effectiveness rate, it’s crucial to acknowledge that there exists a small 1% chance of pregnancy. While the likelihood is relatively low, it’s important to know the potential possibility.
During the insertion of an IUD, it is possible to encounter slight discomfort but rest assured that the procedure is swift. It is common for certain individuals to experience post-procedure cramping and temporary discomfort, which may persist for a few days.
Using an intrauterine device (IUD) does not typically result in weight gain as a common or direct side effect. Although a few individuals may mention experiencing weight changes while using an IUD, extensive clinical studies have not established a connection between IUD usage and weight gain.