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Things You Should Know About IUD Contraceptive

Pregnancy prevention is no longer a taboo and there are several options available when it comes to preventing it. Some contraceptives may be more effective than others and some offer long-term protection against pregnancy. IUDs are one of them, which are also very effective and popular. However, there are multiple misconceptions about IUD, which your gynecologist would be able to clarify for you before you opt for it. Moreover, there are several other things you should know about IUDs.

What is an IUD?

Intrauterine devices, abbreviated as IUD are small T shaped devices that your gynecologist in Lahore inserts into the uterus through the vagina. The device stays in the uterus for several years and prevents pregnancy. Some IUDs can prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years if inserted correctly. However, if you wish to conceive before the IUD expires, you can ask your doctor for coil remover.

Currently, IUDs are the most effective contraceptive for adolescents and adults. Despite all contraceptives being effective, implants and IUDs are the only that save you from worrying for a long time.

IUDs are 99% effective in the prevention of pregnancy, however, they are expensive in Pakistan. Nevertheless, it is natural to have concerns regarding the device, for example, perforation or falling out. Additionally, some people fear that it may be painful while inserting but IUDs are safe, and you feel only slight discomfort during insertion.

Benefits of IUDs

IUDs offer multiple benefits in comparison to other birth control options.

One-Time Things

Unlike using other contraceptives, after you place the IUD, you don’t have to worry about it. you might forget to take pills or overdose but once you insert an IUD, you are protected till it expires. Expiration is usually a few years.

Cost Effective

Although it isn’t cheap, the benefit is that you will pay for it only during the fitting once. A copper IUD lasts for about 12 years, so you will not have to spend on birth control for very long.


IUDs prevent pregnancy for the long-term. They are 99% effective and serve as both sterilization and birth control. Among all the options of birth control, they are the most effective.


The insertion of an IUD is hassle free and convenient. It saves you from visiting the pharmacy to buy birth control every other day.

Better Periods

Hormonal IUDs make the periods lighter and less painful. Some of them even stop the period and serve as a treatment for those who suffer from severe cramps and anemia during their periods.

Types of IUDs

  • Paragard
  • Mirena
  • Skyla
  • Liletta
  • Kyleena

Side Effects of IUDs

Just like every other medication or medical treatment, even IUDs have side effects. The most common side effect is heavy bleeding and irregular spotting within the first six months of insertion. After some time, the periods become shorter or may stop altogether.

Other side effects include bloating, back pain and pelvic cramping after insertion. However, these too subside after a few weeks or months.

Uterine perforation is another but very rare side effect.


Various types of IUDs are available, and they are very effective in preventing pregnancy. Most gynecologists in Karachi recommend IUDs because they are 99% effective in the prevention of pregnancy.

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