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IUDs

IUDs for birth control
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small contraceptive device which is inserted into the uterus. It is a long-term reversible type of contraception and is considered the most effective reversible birth control on the market.

There are two types of IUDs a copper IUD and hormonal IUD.

Pros

  • Very good at preventing pregnancy
  • Can be used for years at a time
  • Can be used directly after giving birth, while breast-feeding or after having an abortion
  • You can immediately get pregnant once the IUD is removed
  • Can decrease periods
  • Copper IUD is free in all government hospitals

Cons

  • Can sometimes slip out of the uterus (expulsion) or puncture the uterus (perforation)
  • It doesn’t protect against STDs
  • Risk of getting pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) within three weeks of insertion
  • Needs to be placed by a doctor
  • Hormonal IUD can be expensive

If you do get pregnant with an IUD, there is a higher risk of miscarriage and complications which would require immediate medical help