Thinking of getting an IUD?

Intrauterine device (IUD) is a device that is placed into the womb to provide reversible long term contraception for up to 5 years. Thinking of getting an IUD?

IUDs are one of the most effective forms of birth control. Certain types of IUD such as the mirena IUD can also be used for women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia).

 

 

Intrauterine device IUD

Family Planning

There are two types of IUD available:

1. Hormonal intrauterine device (IUD)

Hormonal IUD such as the mirena IUD (which contains the hormone levonorgestrel) is a device that is placed into the womb to provide contraception for up to 5 years. It works by releasing small amounts of hormone regularly so that the womb is not suitable for implantation.

It can also be used in women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) as it works by making the lining of the uterus very thin. In most women, bleeding becomes either very light or stops within 3-6 months after IUD insertion.

 

2. Copper bearing intrauterine device (IUD)

The copper IUD provides long term contraception from 3-5 years. It is fitted into the womb where it works by causing a chemical change that damages the sperm and egg before it is fertilised, hence disrupting fertilization.

The added advantage of the copper IUD is it can also be used as a form of emergency contraception (EC). It can be used as an EC for up to 5 days after unprotected sex and is more effective than the hormonal EC pills available.

Advantages of IUDs include:
  1. The fact that once they are inserted you do not need to remember to take daily contraception.
  2. Potency equal to (if not better than) daily oral contraceptive methods.
  3. Cost-effectiveness. Although the initial cost may be greater the fact that most IUDs can be used for more than 3 years makes them cheaper over the same period of time.
  4. Return to normal fertility almost immediately upon removal of the IUD.

 

How it’s done

If you have ever had a PAP smear or a vaginal swab, it’s kinda like that but just a tad more uncomfortable.

Usually the IUD is placed on about Day 5 of your period when the cervical opening is at it’s biggest.

Your doctor will first place a speculum in your vagina (like they do when doing a PAP smear).

Your doctor will then locate the cervix then use a very thin instrument to measure how deep your womb goes.

He/She will then push the IUD through the cervix and into your womb.

When the IUD touches the top of your womb, you might feel a little cramp.

 

Then it’s over! It’s that easy!

 

What happens after?

You might get some cramps for a day or two.

Your next 2 to 3 periods might also be heavier and crampier than usual. This is more so if you use the plain copper IUDs.

For the next 2 to 3 period after insertion, you must check that the IUD is still there after your periods. This is easily done by putting 2 fingers up the vagina and feeling for the thread that hangs out of your cervix that is attached to the IUD.

 

What can go wrong?

Infection – If the cramps get worse after insertion and this is accompanied by fever and a foul smelling discharge, please see your doctor.

Displacement – Sometimes, the period flow is so heavy that it pushes the IUD out. This is not common.

 

Contact our Women’s Health team at these locations for all your women’s health and wellness needs.

 


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Our Clinics:

1.) Dr Tan and Partners @Bencoolen

Main Doctor: Dr. Rachel Ng

Address:
180 Bencoolen Street,
#02-20, The Bencoolen
Singapore 189646

Telephone:  +65 6884 4119

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday
9.00am – 5.00pm

Sunday
9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Selected Public Holiday – Closed


2.) Dr Tan and Partners@ Robertson

Main Doctors: Dr Deepa and Dr Jonathan Ti

(Anonymous HIV Testing is available daily too)

Address:
11 Unity Street,
#02-07, Robertson Walk
Singapore 237995

Telephone:  +65 6238 7810

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday
8.00am – 9.00pm

Saturday and Sunday
9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Public Holiday – Closed


3.) Dr Tan and Partners @Katong (East Coast)

Main Doctor: Dr. Jessherin

Address:
184 East Coast Road,
Singapore 189646

(Alongside Katong 112, next to Bank of China)

Telephone:  +65 6635 2551

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Monday – Friday
9.00am – 1.00pm and
4.30pm – 9.00pm

Saturday and Sunday
9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Selected Public Holiday – Closed


4.) Dr Tan and Partners @Scotts

Main Doctors: Dr. Elaine Loh & Dr. Justin Sii

Address:
9 Scotts Road,
#06-06 Scotts Medical Centre,
Singapore 228210

Telephone:  +65 6694 2348

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday
8.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday
8.00 am – 12.00 pm

Sunday & Public Holiday – Closed


Click to read other topics:
  1. 5 Causes of vaginal itch – here
  2. STD Testing for Women – here
  3. Videos on Vaginal Bleeding after sex – here
  4. Vaginal Discharge (When should I Worry?) – here
  5. Pelvic Inflammation Disease – here
  6. A Women Guide to Contraception – here

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