Side Effects of IUD Birth Control

Side Effects of IUD Birth Control

Side Effects of IUD Birth Control

Medications often come with a list of contra-indications longer than our arms; with more focus shifting to health and chemical-free solutions, many women are gravitating toward having an IUD device fitted that has no hormonal component so as to avoid any chemical additives to their bodies.

When fitting an Intra-Uterine device, we are still left wondering whether there will be side effects though.


What are the side effects of Copper Pearl IUB’s?

After placement of the IUB™ heavier, longer periods and spotting between periods can occur - most of these side effects diminish after 2-3 months. After your uterus gets used to the IUB™ copper pearls these side effects occur less frequently. Very occasionally the placement can cause a short fainting similar like when giving blood - without any further serious complications.


Rarely, the IUB™ goes through the wall of the uterus, especially during placement. This is called perforation. If the IUB™ perforates the uterus, it should be removed. Surgery may be needed. If the IUB™ perforates the uterus, you are not protected from pregnancy.

The IUB™ may partially or completely fall out of the uterus. This is called expulsion. Young women and women who have never been pregnant may be more likely to expel the IUB™ than women over 20 and women who have been pregnant before. If you can feel the threads outside of your vagina visit your doctor for a check-up.


Will the IUB Influence My Periods?


The first couple of menstruations after insertion can occur stronger than usual; the uterus needs time to adapt to the new situation. This side effect usually subsides and the IUB is expected to have limited influence on your menstruational bleeding after that.


Who Should NOT Use this methods of Non-Hormonal Contraceptive?

If you experience any of the below symptoms, this may not be the solution that is right for you:

·         might be pregnant

·         have an abnormally shaped uterus

·         have a pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or have current behavior that puts you at high risk of PID (e.g. frequently changing sex partners)

·         have had an infection in your uterus after a pregnancy or abortion in the past 3 months

·         have cancer of the uterus or cervix

·         have unexplained vaginal bleeding

·         have an infection in your cervix

·         have Wilson’s disease (a disorder in how the body handles copper)

·         are allergic to any material that is used in the IUB™

·         already have an intrauterine contraceptive in your uterus

As we can see, the side effects of having an IUB fitted are minimal, when compared against traditional methods of birth control, as well as hormonal methods.




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