5 secrets of Copper-T no one tells you

Sure, you have heard of Copper-T, it’s one of many contraception methods used by women the world over. But you personally prefer using the Pill, or a condom. The fear among most women of using a Copper-T is mostly related to the “insertion” and “does it just stay there?” part of it. So here we are, ready to bust some myths and throw a little light on this relatively lesser known kind of contraceptive. 

What is Copper-T?

It’s an intrauterine device placed in a woman’s uterus by an expert. Yes, it’s an invasive procedure that you can’t do yourself. The copper is what prevents pregnancy by acting as a spermicide. Even if a sperm does fertilize an egg, the copper ions prevent implantation of the egg, avoiding pregnancy. It is highly effective and has no effect on a woman’s fertility.

5 things you didn’t know about Copper-T

1. Research studies have shown that if you get a Copper-T inserted within five days of unsafe sex, it can cut down your risk of getting pregnant by 99.9%

2. It hurts. Yes. It might feel like a slightly painful pap smear and some women experience pain during insertion (which, thankfully lasts a few seconds) followed by period-like cramps. But like any alien object in your body (contacts, for example), it takes time to get used to, and once you do, all is well. 

3. Copper-T is ideally best for women who’ve experienced labour. This is because when you undergone labour and pregnancy, the opening of your cervix widens, making it easier for the device to be inserted. If you already have painful period, a Copper-T may not be the best idea for you.

4. Copper-T won’t change sex. As most women know, there is a thread that hangs out once you get the IUD inserted, but it’s not so low that it’s going to interfere with penetration during sex. So if your partner is worried about “getting entangled” tell him that it’s impossible for him to even feel it. If you still have concerns, contact your gynaec.

5. Pills aren’t better than Copper-T. With pills, you are directly messing with your hormones. Plus, if the chances of pregnancy with a pill are way higher as compared to that of an IUD, how’s it better?

Remember:

1. Copper-T is a barrier against pregnancy, not STDs, so if you have multiple partners, use condoms.
2. There’s a chance your IUD might fall out during periods, so keep an eye on it.
3. Having severe cramps, pain or bleeding during sex or otherwise and unusual vaginal discharge are all not normal signs and you should show them to a doctor if they occur.
4. If you think you may have gotten pregnant despite a copper IUD, head to the doctor immediately because it can cause premature birth or a miscarriage.
5. If you’ve had a vaginal delivery, you can get a copper IUD inserted right after delivery, in case of a c-section, insertion can be done after 4-6 weeks.

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