What is an intrauterine device?
An IUD is a non-hormonal small plastic and copper device that is inserted into the womb to prevent pregnancy for 5 to 10 years. It is safe, effective, requires no daily, weekly or monthly attention and discrete. You can be pregnant at any time after your IUD is removed. A reliable brand of intrauterine device is LYDIA IUD. The LYDIA IUD has four variant – Lydia copper Y, Lydia copper T, Lydia safe load and Lydia sleek.
Lydia copper T – 5 years
Lydia copper T- 10 years
Lydia safe load – 10 years
Lydia sleek – 5 years- Small design makes it ideal for young women and nulliparous with small uterine length; Small design also makes Lydia Sleek more comfortable for such women
Who can use an intrauterine device?
It is safe for many women including young women who have never been pregnant, women who are breastfeeding and women who desire hormone free, long-term contraception.
Who cannot use an intrauterine device?
You should not use IUDs if you are already pregnant, have unexplained vaginal bleeding, gonorrhea, chlamydia or at high risk of STIs (eg. Have multiple sex partners without using a condom). You may have Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) if you have Chlamydia or gonorrhea and do not get treated. Your risk of PID will increase after IUD is inserted
How to use intrauterine device?
You can insert LYDIA IUDs at any time during your menstrual cycle provided you have confirmed that you are not pregnant (through a pregnancy test), but preferably you should insert it during or immediately after your period.
Benefits of intrauterine device
What are the side effects of intrauterine device?
Some women may experience side effects while others will not. These side effects normally decrease during the first 3-6 months of insertion. Common side effects to expect include mild to moderate lower abdominal pain during the first few days after insertion, heavier bleeding and/or longer periods and painful menses.
FAQs on IUDs
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