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If you you’re a woman with only one sex partner and a low risk of getting an STI, an IUD may be right for you.
Using an IUD does not protect you from STIs.
However, with a correctly inserted IUD, your chance of getting pregnant is less than 1%.
IUD stands for ‘Intrauterine Device’. It's an implantable birth control that fits inside your uterus. It must be inserted by a medical professional.
It prevents pregnancy by making it more difficult for sperm to reach your eggs. It can also stop a fertilised egg from implanting in your uterus.
IUDs start working quickly and last 3 to 10 years, depending on the type.
One type of IUD is hormonal contraception. It releases hormones into your body similar to those in birth control pills. These IUDs can make your period lighter.
The other type is a copper IUD. It doesn’t use hormones, but is a non medicated IUD. The copper prevents pregnancy. It can make your periods heavier, but last longer than a hormonal IUD.
A contraceptive ring is similar to an IUD, but is placed in the vagina rather than the cervix. Unlike an IUD, you can insert a ring yourself.
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Birth Control Pills (Hormonal Tablets)
Birth control pills are a hormonal contraceptive method. They are a type of family planning for women.
Contraceptive pills release hormones that change your body. They make it harder to become pregnant.
When you take hormonal tablets correctly, your chance of getting pregnant is less than 1%.
They can also have other benefits. They help make your period more regular and your cramps lighter. They can lower your risk of some cancers. And they might clear up acne.
But they do not protect you from STIs such as HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
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Birth Control Injection
A contraceptive injection releases hormones into a woman's body. This prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation.
This injection works for 2 to 3 months and is 99% effective if given correctly.
It can be useful for women who cannot remember to take a daily contraceptive pill. It can also work for women who cannot use birth control with oestrogen.
The injection works by stopping ovulation and thickening cervical mucus.
An injection does not protect from STIs, so condoms should be used if there is a risk of getting HIV or other diseases.
If you want to have a baby soon, this type of birth control may not be right. This is because it can take up to 1 year to be able to have a baby after stopping birth control injections.
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