After having my second child, I decided I really didn’t want to have any more children until…well, indefinitely. Since I’m not really a fan of birth control pills I decided to explore the option of the intrauterine device (IUD). When I asked people about it, I got one of two reactions; either women swore by it and raved about how great it was or they related horror stories of cramping, heavy menstrual bleeding, or unwanted pregnancy. Needless to say, I was a little worried.
I have the greatest ‘lady doctor’ as I like to call her. I am so mortified by the whole interaction with my ‘lady doctor’ that I once ducked out of a restaurant, doing some impressive James Bond maneuvers, when I caught site of her having dinner with her husband. The idea that she might introduce me to her husband as one of her patients made it even worse! I can’t be the only woman in the world who feels this way. Despite my weirdness with this whole medical interaction, I managed to develop a real fondness for Dr. D and would even socialize with her in public (as long as she doesn’t reveal I’m her patient!)
My ‘lady doctor’ explained that IUD’s come in two forms; one that releases hormones into the body and one that does not. Both are made of plastic and are inserted into the uterus by a healthcare practitioner. Since my aversion to birth control pills lies in my aversion to hormones, I opted for the plastic IUD. The actual insertion process takes only a few minutes and is slightly painful. After you’ve had kids though, it’s a piece of cake.
Afterwards, I had some very mild cramping for a few weeks. Now though, I forget it’s even there and haven’t had any issues. Next to having Lasik eye surgery, this was the best medical decision I’ve ever made!
Since every woman’s body is different, expect to hear different accounts of both the insertion process and the aftermath. Some women say the insertion process is mildly uncomfortable while others say it was quite painful. Some women take a couple of painkillers before heading to their appointment. The aftermath also varies from one individual to another. Expect anything from very mild cramping (which dissipates after a few months) to more serious cramping. The good news is it’s also simple to have it removed by your doctor. They are effective immediately (if inserted at a specific time of the menstrual cycle) and once removed you can become pregnant immediately.
Nova T is a non-hormonal IUD which has a copper arm that inhibits sperm and egg transportation and/or the ability of the sperm to fertilize eggs. Mirena is an IUD that releases hormones into the uterus and it is suspected that this then prevents the release of eggs from the ovaries, thickens cervical mucus so that sperm can reach an egg, and affects the ability of a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus.
Regardless of which type a woman chooses is best for her, keep in mind that birth control is not covered by health insurance providers in the UAE. Mirena costs DHS 1200 and Nova T costs DHS 600 at HealthPlus Clinic in Abu Dhabi.
For more information about Mirena (Click Here), for more information about Nova T (Click Here). Visit your doctor for more detailed information and to decide if an IUD is the right form of birth control for you and your family.