There are two kinds of intrauterine devices, but there is only one kind of IUD available in the Philippines.
What are the types of IUD available in the Philippines?
The copper IUD is the only kind of IUD available in the Philippines.
Copper IUDs do not have hormones. The copper changes how sperm cells swim to prevent them from reaching the egg cell. Cervical mucus also becomes thicker with the copper, like what the progestin can do.
Copper IUDs can last for up to 10 years.
The copper IUDs are more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancies. They are considered as one of the most effective contraceptive methods. In fact, copper IUDs are also used as emergency contraception because they are immediately effective upon insertion.
How is an IUD inserted?
Only healthcare professionals can insert an IUD. Make sure you have set an appointment with your doctor for your insertion.
You can have an IUD inserted anytime you want. Some may suggest having it inserted during your period. They say it’s more comfortable because your cervix is more open during this time.
The doctor may suggest taking over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen a few hours before the procedure so that you’ll not experience cramping.
If you’ve gotten a Pap smear before, the IUD insertion procedure is quite similar to that. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
- The doctor will ask you to strip off your clothes from the waist down
- You’ll lie down on the bed with your feet on stirrups
- The doctor will place a speculum in the vaginal opening to keep it open
- The IUD is placed in a small tube used for insertion
- This tube will go in your vagina, through your cervix, and into the uterus
- The IUD will be pushed out of the tube, and the tube will be pulled out
The entire insertion procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes. You’re good to go after that.
You’ll also see that there are strings attached to the bottom of the IUD. These strings hang 1-2 inches in the vagina. They help you make sure that your IUD is in the proper place.
It’s important to check if your IUD is in its place during the first few months. Ideally, you check it once every month after your period.