IUD Concerns: Ectopic Pregnancy, etc

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Did you know that your risk of etopic pregnancy goes up if you have an IUD?

Are you thinking about getting an IUD?

Then you really should practice a bit of consumerism and look at it from all sides: good, bad and ugly.

For anyone who is not in the know of this particular acronym, IUD stands for Intra-uterine device. This little do-hicky is a form of birth control. It differs from the pill and barrier method contraceptives like condoms and a diaphragm. It is non-surgical and easily reversible. see also :Ectopic Pregnancy : What You Can Do?

The Procedure

Getting an IUD is no more uncomfortable than a regular office visit with your OB when you get a pap smear. The IUD itself is small, about 2 inches in length and shaped like a miniature ‘t’. Your OB or midwife will open your cervix and place the device within the uterus.

The insertion can be slightly uncomfortable, but so is a pelvic exam and it only takes a few moments to complete.

How it Works

There are many different brands of IUDs and each has different features. Some IUDs contain a low does of continuous release hormones to help control and regulate your reproductive cycle. I don’t like the idea of hormones, so I did my homework and found that there are IUD options that do not contain any hormones whatsoever.

IUDs are over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. The primary way in which they do this is by interacting with the uterine environment and making it inhospitable to sperm. In other words those little swimmers had better be of iron man triathlon capability before they should even think about entering the IUD’s space, and even then they will end up DOA.

IUDs thicken cervical mucous, making it almost impassable. Then the uterus itself is acidified to kill sperm on contact.

The Pros

There are many upsides to an intrauterine device as a means of birth control. First off the spontaneity factor is preserved. There is no need to break the mood as things are heating up to get birth control in place because once inserted the IUD is always on the job.

IUDs are easily reversed. Other methods of birth control, like the pill, require a waiting period of several months to a year before pregnancy is recommended. When the time comes that you think you aren’t so adverse to the idea of a pregnancy all that is needed is a trip to the doctor and voila! – You’re back to your fertile self again.

The Cons

Just as the IUD was looking like the answer to all your contraception dreams, in comes the fine print. There are a few drawbacks that are worth mentioning. The IUD, no matter which one you choose, does not protect against STDs. It is a contraceptive only.

There are a few health problems such as uterine rupture, pelvic inflammatory disease and etopic pregnancy that are also associated with IUDs. The rate of these occurring is still very low, but if you have a tendency in that direction it might be best to steer clear of an IUD. see also :What Exactly Ectopic Pregnancy Means?