If you're looking for a reliable and long-term birth control method, an intrauterine device (IUD) or coil might be the right choice for you.
What Is an IUD or Coil?
An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into your uterus by a healthcare provider. There are two types of IUDs: hormonal and non-hormonal. A hormonal IUD releases a small amount of progestin, a synthetic hormone, into your uterus. This hormone thickens your cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to reach your egg, and also thins the lining of your uterus, making it less likely for a fertilized egg to implant. Hormonal IUDs can last for 3-5 years, depending on the brand.
Non-hormonal IUDs, also known as copper IUDs, do not contain any hormones. Instead, they are made of copper, which is toxic to sperm. This type of IUD can last for up to 10 years. Both types of IUDs are over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly. They are also a great option for people who want a low-maintenance form of birth control, as you don't have to remember to take a pill every day or get a shot every few months.
It's important to note that IUDs do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so you should still use condoms or other barrier methods if you are at risk for STIs. Additionally, not everyone is a good candidate for an IUD, so you should talk to your healthcare provider to determine if it's the right choice for you. To learn more, reach out to Elanic Medical in Glasgow and set up your consultation today.