How to Use an IUD
Intra-Uterine Device or IUD is one of the most effective and secured type of contraceptives that is very useful in preventing pregnancy. The best thing about IUDs is the way they can be used, i.e. once you put it in, you can keep it there so long as you want. It certainly helps you avoid the fatigue of putting it in and removing it out every time you want to copulate. For those who are interested in using the IUDs, this article may be of some help. Follow the points given below to use IUDs in an effective way.
Professional Advice: Before using any of the IUDs, it is essential to discuss the matter with your gynecologist. Even though the IUD is one of the safest devices that a woman can use, these are not for everybody, e.g. women who have infection in the uterus region are not suggested to use IUDs as this can worsen the infection. Use of IUDs may cause cramps in some women. Though, there are a large number of women, who use IUDs without much of the trouble, it is a good idea to talk to your gynecologist so that you become aware of the usefulness and hazards of IUDs.
Pelvic Exam: Once you are aware of the risks and benefits of the IUDs and have enough advice from your gynecologist, you your pelvic examination as well. This examination is to make certain that you have pelvic area free from any kind of infections. Infections are of hidden nature and cannot be observed without a proper examination such as yeast infection. There are certain other types of infections which need to be examined before proceeding. Once the gynecologist have a thorough examination of your pelvic only then he will be able to tell whether you are ready to use IUDs or not.
Insertion: The insertion process of IUD is normally carried out by the gynecologist who inserts it manually. Generally, an IUD is a resilient form of plastic having a string attached at one end. A woman can keep an IUD inserted for many years, or till the time she wants to keep it. It can be removed whenever a woman desires for it.
Follow up Visit: Once an IUD is inserted in your vagina, you need to plan a visit or two to your gynecologist couple of days or weeks after the insertion. These are meant to clarify that either you are having any problem with IUD or not. In case, you feel any cramps or bleeding within the few days of IUD insertion, consult your gynecologist immediately. If you are having problem with IUD, schedule with your gynecologist to have your IUD removed.
It is important to note here that IUD alone is not trustable, better use a condom as well. Also, IUD is just preventive device that prevents you from getting pregnant and there is no way it keeps you safe from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Hence, using a condom with IUD will provide you assurance of preventing STDs as well. These are some of the different ways to make use of IUD in a most effective way.
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