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IUCD Insertion

IUCD Insertion

What is an IUCD?

Intra-Uterine Contraceptive Device(IUCD) is a T-shaped implant made of plastic and copper that is placed in your uterus (womb) to prevent you from becoming pregnant.

What are the benefits of an IUCD?

You or your partner should not need to use another method of contraception while the IUCD is in place.

Are there any alternatives to an IUCD?

There are other non-permanent methods of female contraception.

  • Oral Contraceptive Pill(OCP)
  • Hormone Implants

A sterilisation is a permanent method of female contraception.

The only safe, non-permanent method of male contraception is to use a condom, but the risk of failure is higher.

A vasectomy is a permanent method of male contraception.

What does the procedure involve?

Inserting an IUCD usually takes about 10 minutes.

Your doctor will insert a speculum (the same instrument used for a smear test) into your vagina.

Your doctor will place the IUCD inside your womb. They will cut the strings used to remove the IUCD, leaving about 3 centimetres of the strings deep inside your vagina.

What complications can happen?

Some of these can be serious and can even cause death.

  • allergic reaction
  • cervical shock
  • lost strings
  • lost IUCD
  • making a hole in your womb
  • infection
  • increase in period pain and bleeding
  • pregnancy problems

How soon will I recover?

You will have some vaginal bleeding and mild cramping that should last for only a few days as your body gets used to the IUCD.

You should be able to return to work and normal activities the day after your procedure.

At Medfemme Women’s Clinic, our doctor will be happy to address any of your queries regarding IUCD and other forms of contraception.