Optimizing Your IUD

One of the methods used to prevent pregnancy is the intrauterine device, or IUD. Intrauterine devices come in two types, one is made with copper and the other, the Mirena, releases small amounts of a synthetic progesterone hormone, which was added in order to help decrease cramping and bleeding.

Drawbacks Of Copper IUDs

Copper IUDs are not recommended for women with allergies to copper or for women who suffer with Wilson Disease. Wilson disease is a rare disorder that is inherited. It causes the body to retain copper the liver would normally release into bile. Copper builds up in the liver and eventually does damage to the liver and other parts of the body to which it has been carried in the blood.

The Mirena IUD And Diabetes

Since the Mirena IUD releases a synthetic hormone into the body to curtail cramping and bleeding, which can happen with either type of IUD, there is a need to be careful and monitor its effect. If you have diabetes, you should be monitored if using the Mirena IUD, as it has been known to affect blood sugar levels. High blood glucose levels can also be associated with infections, so it is important to have a doctor rule out the presence of a urinary or uterine infection as the presence of an IUD could contribute to inflammation or infection.

Some Tips For You

If you have chosen an IUD as the method of birth control that best fits your lifestyle, then there are a few things to keep in mind in order to help ensure protection. After the IUD is inserted, and for the first few weeks, it is important to make sure it is properly in place. Make an appointment with the doctor after your first period and before the end of three months, to confirm the IUD is still where it should be. When the IUD is inserted, ask the doctor how to check the strings of the IUD every month. It is important and necessary because sometimes the IUD can become dislodged or fall out without you knowing about it. Checking for the strings can be a bit of a challenge if you have had them cut short because your partner can feel them. If this is the case, have your doctor check for them when you have your regular pelvic exam.

If, by some chance, the IUD does become partially expelled, it is necessary then to have it removed. You can check your pads or tampons during your menstrual cycle to be sure it has remained in place during your period. If the IUD slides out without your notice, you may become pregnant. If you do become pregnant when the IUD is in place, it is very important to have it removed as soon as you know you have conceived.

Being Responsible With Your Body

As with any type of birth control, careful monitoring of its side effects and proper function are necessary to ensure it is working effectively for you. If you experience negative effects, talk with your doctor about alternatives.


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