The intrauterine device (IUD) is a small ‘T- shaped’ plastic device. The Hormonal IUD slowly releases a hormone (progesterone) into your uterus (womb). Progesterone is similar to the hormone produced by the ovaries. The copper IUD is an alternative to the Hormonal IUD. This does not contain any hormones and is suitable for those women who can not tolerate the side effects from the progesterone hormone eg. mood disturbance, acne, headaches or a change in weight.
It is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and can last for up to five years.
With the use of the Hormonal IUD, your periods tend to lighten and may even stop completely after the
ﬁrst year of use. It can help with heavy periods and other painful conditions such as endometriosis.
The Copper IUD on the other hand can give you slightly crampy and possibly heavier periods. Both devices can be used whether or not you have given birth.
Dr Sadia Shinwari will write you a script and you can get the hormonal IUD from your pharmacy. You will need to return to the clinic to have the IUD inserted. If you don’t have a Medicare card it will be more expensive. It will be cheaper if you have a healthcare card.