What are the benefits of the IUD birth control method?

Saturday, 14 June 2014

What makes an IUD so different from other forms of birth control such as the Pill, patch etc? While it sure seems easier than taking a pill every single day, are there significant differences that make the IUD more safe or inferior to other forms of birth control?


Dr Graham Duncombe from Skin, Body & Health Renewal responds:

“Hi there, that is a great question: an IUD ( intra-uterine device) offers the benefit of long-lasting protection and being free of synthetic estrogens. Depending on the type of IUD, it only has to be replaced between 2 and 5 years. There are no interactions with antibiotics, few systemic effects and they are reliable. As far as reliability goes, the IUD is more effective than the Pill at 99%, however it should be checked after placement to ensure that it does not fall out unnoticed.”

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  1. Pseudo_kate

    I feel like I don’t have enough info from this article. It would be nice to have also mentioned who is eligible for this option of contraception based on flow and medical history. I suppose it’s also a conversation that you should be having with your doctor, of course.

    5 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    The Mirena caused a lot of problems for me, it hurt my womb and I had to have it removed and have a “DnC” after.

    5 years ago •

  1. Manyela

    @ Kariwo some GP’s have it, and all gynaecologists should have it. A friend of mine had one implanted\inserted but after a month it fell out/came loose and she had to re-insert it again and another friend said it gave her a infection. I guess there are always going to be problems with any contraceptive method. Now there is a new one introduced called the implant it’s a chip they inject or insert under your arm’s skin and it offers protection that lasts for 3 years. But I advise anyone on contraceptives to use dual protection (condoms and other contraception).

    5 years ago •

  1. Kariwo

    Where can I get a UDI implantation and how much would it cost?

    5 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Kariwo. Your GP would be able to provide you with all the relevant information you require.

      5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    The fact that it is more effective than the Pill is a big point for me. The Pill is probably the most well-known contraceptive but well-known doesn’t equate to most effective. I like having hormone-free options. Thanks!

    5 years ago •

  1. thokozilemohohole

    I don’t like pills as well and the fact that it’s effective than pills and reliable makes me want to use it

    5 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    At least with IUD there are no Pills involved. A lot safer in the long term.

    5 years ago •

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