Saturday, 31 December 2016

ASK THE DOCTOR - ‘Will an IUD Hamper Sex?’

I delivered my first child four months ago. My family doctor has advised me to use an IUD as a contraceptive. Kindly give more information about IUDs. Will an IUD come in the way of enjoying sex?
- Nilima

An IUD (Intra-uterine device) is a small object made of plastic, copper or stainless steel. Copper T is one such IUD that is shaped in the form of a ‘T’. Your doctor places it inside the uterus. The arms of the Copper T contain some copper, which stops fertilisation by preventing sperms from making their way up through the uterus into the fallopian tubes. If fertilisation does occur, the IUD would prevent the fertilised egg from implanting in the lining of the uterus. The IUD can stay in your uterus for up to 3 to 10 years. The IUD is 90-99 per cent effective at preventing pregnancy. It requires visits with your doctor to have it inserted and to make sure you are not having any problems. The upside is that once a doctor places it inside your uterus, you cannot feel it and can forget about it for 3 to 10 years. Moreover, they are cost-effective. The downside of IUDs is chances of pelvic infections, excessive menstrual bleeding and a higher risk of contracting STDs. An IUD does not interfere in any manner in enjoying sexual intercourse as it is within the uterus and not in the vagina. 

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