Birth control pills can disrupt your hormonal cycle and you might not always have a condom on you. A much more convenient form of birth control is getting an intrauterine device or a T-coil. T-coils require a one-time procedure, after which you can forget about it for up to 12 years. IUDs come in two forms, both with their own drawbacks and benefits. A hormonal IUD prevents conception by releasing a stream of progestin. A copper-T on the other hand kills sperm before it can fertilize an egg, since copper is toxic to sperm. But like other forms of birth control there are a few things you need to remember before getting a coil inserted. If you’re on the fence about getting an IUD, these seven points could help you decide.
1. IUDs Last Anywhere Between 3-12 Years
An IUD is a great option if you’re looking for long term birth control. Depending on whether it is a hormonal or a non-hormonal IUD,
2. They Will Affect Your Period
Hormonal IUDs can inhibit the growth of your uterine wall, which will make your periods shorter and not as heavy. If you’re prone to heavy, painful periods, then you could consider getting a hormonal IUD inserted. A copper-T on the other hand can make your periods heavier, longer and more painful for the first three months. After the initial phase, things should settle down and your periods will go back to normal.
3. They Aren’t Recommended If You’ve Had Breast Cancer
For women who have had breast cancer in the
4. Your Bleeding Patterns Will Be Unpredictable
Hormonal UTIs can have different effects on different women and there’s no way to predict how your period cycle will be affected by them. The first six months are usually the most volatile since your body is getting used to the sudden flood of progesterone. After six months though, the level of progesterone being released drops down to much lower levels and any side-effects usually wear off by now. However, some women continue to experience light spotting for months, while some never get their period at all and others don’t see any difference in their period. If after
5. Hormonal Side-Effects Are Quite Rare
An IUD does release progesterone, but after the first six months, the levels are so low, your body probably won’t even notice it. Some women might experience side-effects like tender breasts initially, but wait for six months before you decide if the side-effects are too much for you to handle. The hormones released by the IUD circulate mostly in your uterus, so they usually don’t travel through your bloodstream and give you more serious side-effects.
6. You Will Experience Minimal Pain
The procedure for getting an IUD might scare some, but in reality it doesn’t hurt all that much. You will experience some cramping and a little bleeding after it’s inserted, but nothing
7. It Won’t Clear Up Your Acne
If you’ve been taking birth control pills to clear up your acne, an IUD won’t help you with this at all. Pills are able to clear acne because they have a combination of the hormones progesterone and estrogen. IUDs on the other hand only contain estrogen, so they won’t have any effect on your acne. Strangely, a few women have even reported experiencing more acne breakouts after getting an IUD. This doesn’t happen to everyone though, so you might not be affected by it.