What is an IUB?
What is an IUB?
The amount of varied contraceptives available to us nowadays is never ending; with health consciousness at the forefront, more and more women are opting for hormone-free methods of contraception, IU (Intra-Uterine) devices have become their method of choice. We have heard about the IUD called the “Copper T” for years now, with many women choosing this is their hormone-free birth control method of choice. Kingfisher Medical distributes the Intra-Uterine Ball. But what is it?
Copper Pearl IUB’s are a hormone-free, high-tech-contraception that lasts for 5 years.
The IUB™ copper pearls are a birth control method that elutes no hormones. The IUB™ works along the same principle as other intrauterine devices and prevents pregnancy locally - within the uterus. The contraceptive effect is created by the copper pearls. They key difference between the IUB and the standard Copper T which so many women go ARGH over… is the shape. You see the uterus is shaped like a cone – but the Copper T is shaped like a T. As a result of the shape, many women have heavier and more painful periods with the copper T. However, with the IUB because it is shaped like a BALL and fits snugly into the cone shape of the uterus there will be no difference with the IUB and your regular period! You have a soft spot for these pearls.
The IUB™ copper pearls consist of a special shape memory alloy- Nitinol, which has been successfully used in medicine for a long time, e.g. in implants and stents. Several copper pearls are strung on a uterus friendly frame, coated with polymer.
The IUB™ does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
How do IUB Copper Pearls Work?
As soon as the IUB™ is placed in your uterus, it starts releasing small amounts of copper into your uterus to provide continuous birth control for up to 5 years.
The method of action is similar to standard copper intrauterine devices. The copper ions released probably:
• interfere with the process of fertilization in the uterus
• limit the sperm mobility
• prevent sperm from fertilizing the egg
• prevent the egg from attaching (implanting) in the uterus
The amount of copper released from the copper pearls is minimal - the average quantity of copper ingested with a normal diet is much higher than the quantity inserted to the body through the copper pearls.
Is the IUB Method Right For Me?
If you are looking for long term, hormone free, reversible pregnancy protection please talk to your healthcare provider to find out if you are a candidate for the IUB™.