An IUD is a small, T-shaped plastic device that is wrapped in copper or hormone (Levonorgestrel). IUD is the best reversible method to prevent pregnancy. They are excellent for people who do not like to take hormones, cannot take estrogen or who have heavy and painful periods.
Canadian Paediatric Society recommends IUD as the first-line contraception for Canadian youth.
Dr. N. Baradaran at BeWell inserts our IUDs and requires a referral from your GP or any WIC physician. You can download and attach our referral form below at the bottom of this page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IUDs give you great, long-term protection against pregnancy — they’re more than 99% effective, and yet reversible.
You can’t forget to use it (like the pill, patch, ring or shot), or use it incorrectly (like condom or diaphragm). Some women are unable to take estrogen, so methods like the pill, patch and ring are not safe. Hormonal IUD or IUS has medication (Levonorgestrel), and is often used to control troubling period symptoms such as severe cramping or heavy bleeding.
Many women do not use an IUD for birth control, but for period control.
If you are an anxious person in general or have a low threshold for pain, you can discuss this with Dr. N. Baradaran in your consult session and she might consider using methods or giving medications to alleviate these concerns. In the consult session prior to your insertion she will review you medical history, indications for IUD insertion and make sure you are a suitable candidate. She will provide the prescription for the appropriate IUD if you don’t already have one.
In case your family doctor has already reviewed your history and indication for IUD insertion and given you a prescription, you are welcome to book an insertion session only.
During insertion session she will check the size and position of your uterus, followed by putting a speculum into your vagina to see the cervix. You will then be tested for STIs. She holds the cervix, checks that she can get through the opening, and then inserts the IUD to the top of your uterus. She will then cut the strings.
The process usually takes less than five minutes.
Many people feel perfectly fine right after they get an IUD, while others need to take it easy for a while. There can be some cramping and backaches, so plan to have someone drive you home after the insertion procedure.
You may experience some mild cramping and light bleeding (spotting) for 1 or 2 days.
The intrauterine device (IUD) is the most effective form of birth control. It’s just as effective as permanent sterilization -- nearly 100% -- yet completely reversible.
Can the IUD be used as emergency contraception?
The IUD can be used as an emergency contraception and must be inserted within 7 days of unprotected sex. Because of the insertion procedure, the IUD is not suitable to be used regularly as emergency contraception.
Do IUDs protect against STIs?
While IUDs are one of the best ways to prevent pregnancy, they don't protect you from sexually transmitted infections. Luckily, using condoms every time you have sex reduces the chance of getting or spreading STDs. So the thing to do is to use condoms with your IUD.
How long is it safe to have an IUD fitted for?
An IUD can be left in place from 5 up to 10 years, depending on the type. After this time, it will need to be replaced with a new device.
When is the best time to insert an IUD
The best time is just at the end of your period, but anytime is fine, as long as there is no risk of pregnancy. If the purpose of insertion is contraception, we recommend that you abstain from sex from your period until insertion day.
How long does it take to work?
The copper IUD is immediately effective, but the hormonal one (IUS) will take 7-10 days to be effective unless it is inserted while you are on your period. During those 7-10 days you will need to use another backup method.