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

Lifestyle »

E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know

E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places.

Allergy »

Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives

A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.