Whether you feel that your family is complete or you would like to put off starting a family for the time being, finding the ideal birth control method can be challenging. There are many options out there, and some work better than others and every woman's body reacts differently. If you're seeking long term birth control that you don't have to think about or remember to take, a copper intrauterine device (IUD) may be perfect for you. A copper IUD is a small, T shaped device that is inserted in your uterus by your gynecologist. There are many benefits to copper IUDs, such as:
A copper IUD does not emit any hormone; instead, the copper in the device interferes with how sperm move and prevent fertilization of an egg. While hormonal forms of birth control work well for many women, just as many women dislike hormonal birth control due to negative side effects such as weight gain, mood swings, and possible depressive symptoms. With a copper IUD you are protected against unplanned pregnancy, without having to worry about any of the side effects of hormonal birth control.
Incredibly Effective at Preventing Pregnancy
When inserted properly by a gynecologist, a copper IUD is one of the most effective forms of birth control available. It is estimated that less than 1 in 100 women who have copper IUDs get pregnant each year.
Worry Free Birth Control
After a copper IUD is inserted, you don't have to think about birth control any more. When you choose an IUD, you can say goodbye to remembering to take a pill every day, or have a condom on hand for intimate moments. When you have a copper IUD, all you will have to do is check to make sure that you can locate the string attached to the IUD several times a year to ensure that it is still properly positioned.
A Copper IUD is Effective for Years
Once your copper IUD is inserted, you can count on effective birth control for years to come. In fact, a copper IUD can provide protection from pregnancy for up to 12 years. Luckily, if you decide that you would like to get pregnant, you can have your copper IUD removed by your gynecologist at any time without any negative side effects. Fertility levels return to the levels that they were before having the copper IUD inserted, and many women have successful pregnancies after having a copper IUD removed. Contact a family planning resource, such as Abortion Care, for more info.