Wait they go where!? Oh but they last how long!? Okay, okay…It’s that little “T”, right?
Less than 1% of women who use IUC’s experience pregnancy each year. Very effective.
How to Use
Intrauterine Contraceptives (IUC) or Intrauterine Devices (IUD) are small “t”-shape plastic devices that are places in the cervix.
There are two types of IUC’s.
- Copper ( ParaGard) lasts 12 years.
- Hormonal: Mirena lasts for 5 years and Skyla lasts for 3 years.
After they are medically inserted, IUC’s work by blocking the sperm and egg from joining together, therefore preventing pregnancy. Some IUC’s work by releasing low levels of Progestin which further prevent pregnancy by increasing the thickness and quantity of cervical mucus, which helps stop sperm.
IUC do not protect against STI’s or HIV infections.
When placed, IUC’s may cause slight pain
Cramping or backache for a few days and can last longer
Spotting between periods for a few months
Worse menstrual cramps and heavier periods
Serious but less likely side effects: Displacement or falling out of IUC; development of infection; IUC could push through the wall of the uterus and cause problems in other parts of the body.
If you get pregnant while using IUC, remove the device.
Note to Self
IUC’s do not protect against STI’s
They are useful for long term birth control.
Can help with being sexually spontaneous.
Did you know that you can take out your IUC on your own?