Mirena Coil and Copper Coil Myths

Consultations and fittings for Mirena coil and Copper coil, which are also known as Intrauterine Devices or IUDs, are provided by Hazelhill Family Practice. Both are incredibly popular methods of contraception.

Studies show that Mirena coils and Copper coils are 45 times more successful in preventing birth control than pills. They’re also 90 times better than condoms.

Despite their effectiveness, there are several misleading ideas about IUDs.

Most of these are myths or misunderstandings. Here we look at some of these myths and examine the reality behind them.

Myth: Mirena Coils and Copper Coils are best used by women who have already had children

Women who would like to have children at some point in the future can still use the Mirena coil or Copper coils. They will still be able to get pregnant in the future. Both the Mirena coil and Copper coil can be incredibly effective forms of contraception. They both last for long periods of time – as long as they are fitted.

However their impact wears off almost immediately after they are removed.  So a woman who is looking for short to medium term contraception can still make full use of the Mirena or Copper coils, confident that they won’t impact her chances of becoming pregnant after they have been removed.

Myth: IUDs cause infertility and infection

Multiple studies by the WHO with thousands of women around the world prove that this is false. The conclusive evidence is that women using Mirena coils and Copper coils show no increased risk of pelvic infection or infertility.

Infections can happen to women who have these devices fitted, but those infections are not caused by the device themselves.

Myth: IUDs can cause serious side effects

Another myth is that having a Mirena coil or Copper coil inserted can have serious health side effect, such as causing cancer and congenital disabilities. This is completely untrue and there is no medical evidence which suggests these problems arise.

Myth: Mirena Coils and Copper Coils protect you against STIs

While both Mirena coils and Copper coils are very powerful contraceptive devices, their function isn’t to stop STIs. STI prevention involves a different form of contraception, such as condoms.

Myth: IUDs can make intercourse feel uncomfortable and unpleasant

Given where the Mirena coil or Copper coil is inserted, it is highly unlikely that either partner would feel any discomfort. On occasion people have been known to feel the strings attached to the device, but if that arises these can be cut shorter to prevent any feeling of irritation.

Myth: IUDs can travel through your body

Another common myth is that the IUD will get dislodged and travel through your body. That’s highly unlikely and will not happen if the Mirena coil or Copper coil has been fitted properly.

Myth: IUDs fall out all the time

It is rare for IUDs to fall out. The at risk time is in the first 6 weeks after insertion and after that it is highly unlikely the device will fall out.

If it does fall out patients, are advised to schedule a further consultation with their doctor.

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