INTRAUTERINE DEVICES

Frequently Asked Questions about IUDs

  • 1

    What is an Intra Uterine Device (IUD)?

    This is a small device that releases very low doses of Copper and is placed in the womb to effectively prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. An example is LYDIA IUDs. It does not contain any hormones.

  • 2

    How does the IUD like Lydia IUD work?

    IUDs work by preventing sperm from reaching the egg. Since it does not contain hormones, it cannot prevent or delay ovulation; instead it works by changing the thickness of the mucus in the cervix such that sperm cannot swim through it. In addition, the released copper can affect the ability of sperm to swim and this reduces the chance of fertilizing the egg.

  • 3

    Is it painful to have LYDIA IUDs inserted?

    LYDIA IUD insertion is usually well tolerated by most women. You may be given local anaesthesia prior to the insertion but this is not common. Some women may experience pain and dizziness after insertion, which usually settles after resting in the clinic for a short time.

  • 4

    Will you bleed after having an LYDIA IUDs fitted?

    Women using an IUD are more likely to experience an increase in blood loss each month than non-users. This typically occurs because of increased duration and heaviness of menstrual flow, but may also result from irregular bleeding and spotting in between periods.

  • 5

    Can a woman who has never had a baby use LYDIA IUDs?

    A woman who has not had children generally can use LYDIA IUDs, but she should understand that the IUD is more likely to come out because her uterus may be smaller than the uterus of a woman who has given birth. This is why we have LYDIA Sleek, an IUD that perfectly fits into smaller uterus (womb)

  • 6

    Can LYDIA IUDs be used as emergency contraception?

    LYDIA IUDs can be used as an emergency contraception and must be inserted within 5 to 8 days (ideally within 120 hours) after unprotected sex. Because of the insertion procedure, LYDIA IUDs are not suitable to be used regularly as emergency contraception.

  • 7

    Will LYDIA IUDs affect your periods?

    Women with an IUD can experience an increased duration and heaviness of menstrual flow.

  • 8

    How long is it safe to have LYDIA IUDs fitted for?

    LYDIA IUDs can be left in place from 5 up to 10 years, depending on the type. After this time, you will need to replace with a new one. If this method of contraception has worked well for you, and if you still wish to use a long-term contraceptive option, then you can discuss with your doctor or healthcare provider about continuing with this method.

  • 9

    Can LYDIA IUDs travel from your womb to other parts of your body?

    LYDIA IUDs do not travel to any other part of the body outside the womb. They normally stay within the womb like a seed within a shell. Rarely, the IUD may come through the wall of the womb into the abdominal cavity. This is most often due to a mistake during insertion. If it is discovered within 6 weeks or so after insertion or if it is causing symptoms at any time, the IUD will need to be removed.

  • 10

    Must LYDIA IUDs be inserted only during your period?

    If you have not reached menopause, LYDIA IUDs can be inserted at any time during your menstrual cycle if it is reasonably certain that you are not pregnant already. Inserting it during your period may be a good time because you are not likely to be pregnant, and insertion may be easier.

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    Can LYDIA IUD come out or get stuck in your womb?

    A. LYDIA IUD must be inserted by a trained healthcare provider who will follow the necessary procedure to ensure it is correctly positioned. Occasionally, the muscular contractions of the womb during menstruation may sometimes push it out of place or expel it. Very rarely it can perforate the wall of the womb. If you experience any unusual bleeding, pain or discomfort while having a LYDIA IUD on, you must inform your doctor as soon as possible.