15 September 2010

Myth 1: you have to have had children to fit the device


No, you can use it even if you have not had children. In fact, as the IUS is the most effective form of contraception available. Studies have found that some nulliparous users (women who have not had children) experiences slightly more pain and bleeding during insertion and removal of the device. The reason for this is that pregnancy helps stretch the uterus, and therefore nulliparous women's uterus is slightly smaller, potentially making it more difficult to fit the device. But a medical practitioner can anticipate and manage this at the time of the insertion.  


Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Contraceptives and you »

Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents'

7 birth control myths you should stop believing

Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control.

Your digestive health »

Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system

Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder

With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.