At HealthSense Medical Centre, Dr Joanne Marshall is experienced in the insertion and removal of an IUD.
What is an intra-uterine device?
An intra-uterine device (IUD) is placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. At SHine SA two types of IUD are used:
• a hormonal IUD (Mirena) made of plastic that releases small amounts of progestogen into the uterus
• copper IUDs (Multiload and Copper T) made of plastic and copper
How do IUDs work?
Hormonal IUDs thicken the mucus at the neck of the uterus, blocking the sperm. They also change the lining of the uterus and make it difficult for a fertilised egg to take hold.
Copper IUDs affect sperm movement to the egg and prevent the egg taking hold.
What’s good about IUDs?
They are a very effective, reliable method of contraception (98–99%) which is easily reversible and works for a long time. Copper T is effective for 10 years and Multiload and Mirena are effective for 5 years. They are cheap if used for the full period of time (i.e. 5–10 years).
How can I get an IUD?
You will need to see a doctor or nurse/midwife to discuss whether this is the best method of contraception for you. If you decide to use an IUD you will usually need to have a test for infections and make sure your Pap smear tests are up to date and normal. You can then make an appointment to get an IUD put in. You will need to bring the IUD with you (usually this is a script from your doctor).
When does the IUD start working?
If the IUD is inserted as recommended above, the contraceptive effect will start immediately.
For more information please contact the practice on 08 8251 3885