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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 7. 11th April 1973

Intrauterine Devices

Intrauterine Devices

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) are inserted into the uterus (-womb) to prevent conception. They come in many shapes and materials, but today plastic is most common. They measure about one inch in diameter, but are compressible and are pushed through a small tube inserted in the cervix. Once inside, they spring back into their original shape. The process is simple and ordinarily painless. A doctor experienced in their use should insert or remove them. Once in position, they can remain for many years, or can be removed at any time that the woman wants a baby. It is not advisable to wear one if you are very young or over 45 years of age. It is of course necessary to get a doctor or a trained Family Planning person to insert the IUD.

These devices are effective but how they prevent conception is not fully understood. The IUD can be expelled without the woman's knowledge during a heavy period. It is advisable to check yourself or be checked after each period.

The great advantage of the IUD is that it is easy and cheap to get, and that once in place it requires no further attention.

Types of IUD in use at the moment are:— Lippe's Loop, Saf-T-Coil, Antigon, Szontagh, Beospir.