Contraceptives have made great advancements in the past few decades, offering women a wide array of options to tailor their choices to their specific needs. Contraceptives serve a broader purpose beyond preventing pregnancy. They can also help manage and alleviate various health conditions such as heavy or painful periods, acne, and hormone-related disorders, providing women with greater control over their reproductive health and overall well-being.
IUD is short for intrauterine contraceptive device. It involves placing a small device inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy, treat heavy painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS or help with perimenopause or menopause. There are different types of IUDs, including hormonal and non-hormonal versions. Hormonal IUDs release the hormone progestogen (levonorgestrel) into the uterus.
IUDs are long-lasting and reliable, and depending on the type, can provide contraception for up to 10 years, but can be removed at any time. They prevent pregnancy but can also be used to manage heavy and painful periods, help with endometriosis and PCOS, and be used for menopause management..
Inserting the IUD is a simple procedure carried out by our Specialist Women’s Health GPs. It’s placed in the uterus with its strings extending into the cervix for easy removal when needed. Most women only experience a small amount of discomfort during the procedure.
Some of the benefits of IUDs include:
Please note that IUDs do not offer protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
When it comes to your reproductive health, it’s important to have all the information to make an informed decision. Our Specialist Women’s Health GPs Dr Anna Alderton, Dr Frances Knight and Dr Elise Turner have years of experience with IUDs and will help you make the right decision for your unique needs. Here’s our comprehensive breakdown of the most common IUDs, Mirena, Kyleena and Copper.
Probably one of the most well-known IUDs available, Mirena can be used for long-term birth control, treatment of heavy painful periods or for menopause management. This T-shaped plastic device is placed inside the uterus, gradually releasing the hormone progestin.
Also used for long-term birth control, Kyleena is a slightly smaller, low-maintenance contraceptive method. It releases a hormone called levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy.
Copper is a non-hormonal IUD. Its copper content makes it an effective contraceptive, and unlike hormonal IUDs, it doesn’t release hormones.
When it comes to choosing the right IUD for your contraceptive needs, you’re not alone. Our Grace Private Specialist Women’s Health GPs are here to provide expert guidance and support, helping you make an informed choice tailored to your unique needs.
Your reproductive health matters, make an appointment with one of our Specialists Women’s Health GPs today and get the personalised advice and care you deserve.