Ever imagined how chaotic a woman’s world would be without contraceptives? Let’s face it. When it comes to matters birth control, majority of women are on their own. The burden is on them to find the right contraceptive and prevent unwanted pregnancies or deal with the consequences.
Men feel as if they have little or nothing to offer on that front. In reality, they do, but simply choose not to. Well, this post is not about castigating men in bad light or ranting on end about men and contraceptives. It aims to answer a common question among women who use intrauterine device (IUD) as a birth control method.
The fact of the matter is, unlike men, women have very many options when it comes to birth control. They can choose to go for oral contraceptives, shots, condoms, implants, intrauterine device (IUD) just to mention but a few.
Insertion of the IUD is considered inexpensive in the long term. IUD is a small contraceptive device that is placed inside a woman’s uterus. There are two kinds of intrauterine devices at a woman’s disposal. These are:
- Normal copper IUD
- Hormone IUD (Progesterone IUD)
Normal Copper IUD
The copper IUD is a device with copper wrapped around its stem and releases a small amount of copper in the uterus. It works in such a way that, it affects sperm survival and movement in the uterus preventing it from reaching the egg. It also changes the lining of the womb and makes it unsuitable for pregnancy. In case the egg does get fertilized, the IUD stops it from developing.
The progesterone IUD is a small t-shaped device with a cylinder containing the progesterone around its stem. This type of IUD releases a hormone into the uterus. It thickens the cervical mucus and makes it difficult for the sperm to enter the cervix. It also slows down the growth of the lining of the uterus making it unfavorable for a fertilized egg.
The hormonal IUD is more helpful to those women who experience heavy bleeding as the progesterone reduces menstrual bleeding. With the IUD, you have to be very careful, especially during your monthly period.
During a period, the IUD can expel itself from the body. The hormonal IUD can take some time before it adjusts itself in the body and this could cause you to have irregular bleeding for the first 4 months.
The use of an IUD has both advantages and disadvantages. The key advantage is that it’s an effective long term contraceptive. If it is inserted properly, it has an effective rate of 98% and extremely easy to maintain.
That said, how long does it take to get pregnant after an IUD removal? Normally, it takes a few months before a woman can get pregnant after the removal of IUD. Most doctors recommend that you wait for a few months to give your body ample time to readjust. The amount of time you could take before you try to get pregnant depends on the type of IUD you used.
If it is copper IUD, you might get pregnant as soon as it is removed. But with the hormone one, it becomes slightly different as the body has to get rid of the hormone first. The hormones take some time before they are expelled from the body. It could take from 6 weeks to a few months. If the hormonal IUD has been in your body for some time, you should be very patient and wait until your monthly period resumes to normal.
You should also note that, insertion of an intrauterine device can trigger some symptoms. You might experience mood swings that could lead to depression. You are advised to seek medical help once you notice any changes after the insertion of IUD.
Well, you now have a rough idea of the duration it takes to get pregnant after removal of your IUD. Have any comments or suggestions? Please leave a comment below!