Our expert says:
There are two types of IUCD - copper and Mirena (hormone coated). The Mirena is thicker, so could be painful to insert if you have not had children, and a general anaesthetic might then be advisable. It costs about R1000 and lasts for 5 years. The copper IUCD can be inserted more easily and costs a few hundred rand. It has no hormones so there are no hormonal effects. You should be in a monogamous relationship to use a IUCD as there can be an increased risk of infection.
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