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We believe in motivating women to take control of their women’s healthcare at our gynaecology clinic. We accomplish this by offering the Intrauterine System (IUS) as a highly effective form of contraception. You can have long-term pregnancy protection with the IUS without the obligation of daily birth control pills or the invasiveness of surgical sterilization.
It can also help manage heavy periods, reduce cramping and discomfort, and even treat endometriosis. Also, it is nearly 99% efficacious in controlling pregnancy, making it one of the most dependable birth control methods.
An intrauterine system (IUS) is a type of birth control method that involves inserting a small device into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The device releases hormones (usually progestin) to prevent ovulation and thicken cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus.
Here are some key aspects you can expect during and after IUS insertion.
Your doctor will ask about your medical history and perform a pelvic exam to determine if an IUS is right for you. They may also perform STI testing to ensure you are not at risk for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can complicate IUS use.
You should comfortably lie on an exam table with your feet in stirrups during insertion. Your doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina and use a tool to position the IUS in your uterus. You may experience cramping or discomfort during the insertion process, which usually lasts only a few minutes.
You may experience cramping or discomfort for a few hours after IUS insertion. Your doctor may recommend taking over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate any discomfort.
Your doctor will likely schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure effective IUS positioning and working.
The IUS is a safe and effective contraceptive method for most women, including those who have never been pregnant. It is a good option for women who want a long-term, hassle-free form of birth control. However, it may not be suitable for women with a history of certain medical conditions like breast cancer or liver disease. Your healthcare provider will discuss your medical history to determine if the IUS is preferable for you.
Your healthcare provider inserts the IUS into the uterus during a simple, non-invasive procedure that takes just a few minutes. They will first perform a pelvic exam to determine the position of your uterus. Then the expert will insert a speculum into your vagina to hold it open. They use a small instrument to insert the IUS into your uterus through your cervix.
Some women may experience side effects such as irregular bleeding, headaches or acne. However, many women find that these side effects improve over time.
The IUS is highly effective in preventing pregnancy, with a failure rate of less than 1%. It provides a constant dose of hormones directly to the uterus, which makes it difficult for sperm to reach and fertilise an egg.
The IUS can last for up to 3 to 5 years, based on the type. After that, it will need to be replaced.