Posted by: LH | 2005/07/04

IUD - never had kids before

Hi there!

I would like to find out if it is a good idea for somebody to have a IUD inserted, if they have never had kids?

Is this not extremely painful? (insertion & removal)
(Can you request that it be done under general anaesthetic?)
How much does it cost?

Does the hormones have a lesser effect on your body, than the pill (Melodene)?


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Our expert says:
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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.

Best wishes

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Posted by: Sam | 2005/07/04

Its recommended for women who have had babies as it can cause heavy bleeding and cramping. Better try the pill or injections rather. Remember the injection takes much longer to leave your system when your ready for babies, so you might have quite a wait

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