Contraception : the coil - IUD

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Perfect for women who have already had children:
Lots of women use the pill during their twenties, then start coming off it in their thirties. "Half of my patients choose inter-uterine devices as their preferred method of contraception after having their first child, " explains gynaecologist Dr Tebeka.

For women who have already had children, the coil holds plenty of advantages.
One of the most important is the freedom from the constraint of taking a pill every day, as the coil only needs replacing every five years.

Barrier method:
Placed directly into the womb, IUDs block the egg's way, preventing it from embedding itself in the womb for fertilisation. It doesn't have any effect whatsoever on our libido.
"Thanks to the IUD, I feel like I've got my old sex life back - I missed that sudden desire for lusty sex at certain times of the month while I was on the pill!" explains Karen.



Bleeding:
The IUD can sometimes cause problems for women who have heavy periods, bleeding tends to become heavier while the coil is in the womb.
"While I was using the coil, my periods lasted for more than a week, which absolutely exhausted me and left me without any desire to make love at all. All I wanted to do was sleep," explains Daisy.

A foreign body:
The IUD can have a psychological effect on a relationship, sometimes husbands can find it hard to accept the idea of the presence of a foreign body in women's bodies. Fear of harming themselves, or their partners can often be hard to overcome.





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