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Should you get a copper-T insertion just after an abortion?

Should You Get A Copper-t Insertion Just After An Aboration

Contents in this post:

Abortion in Bangalore for an unplanned pregnancy

Introduction to a copper-T or an IUCD

How does an IUCD work?

How effective is the intrauterine device?

Should you get an IUCD just after an abortion?

Are there any risks with getting an IUCD insertion after an abortion?

Who should not get an IUCD?

Can you exercise with an IUCD in its place?

Can you use an IUCD while breastfeeding?

Are there any side effects of having an IUCD?

Should you get an IUCD?

Abortion in Bangalore for an unplanned pregnancy:

Abortions for unwanted pregnancies or unplanned pregnancies and even miscarriages are common. And women who undergo such experiences may have different reasons for pregnancy termination. Some couples consider their families complete. They do not want an addition so that they can dedicate all available resources to the existing kids.

Many unmarried girls seek abortions since they may not want to raise the child alone. In most cases, such pregnancies are unplanned and the couples are not ready for parenthood. Most married couples look towards abortions when they have other things ahead on their priority list.

And if you too are one such woman, you may not be looking forward to another pregnancy soon after an abortion. Well, contraceptives do fail and the most common reason for unplanned pregnancies is a contraceptive failure.

However, you are lucky, if you are in India. This is because the Indian MTP Act permits abortions for pregnancies resulting from contraceptive failure. And that too for both married as well as unmarried women. Another benefit is that you can get a legal abortion in Bangalore only with your consent. And for a reason such as contraceptive failure, you have a wide window of up to 20 weeks into your pregnancy.

However, it is advisable to have an abortion as early as possible. Earlier you are, the lesser are the chances of any complications and the more are your available options. Besides, pregnancy symptoms wean very quickly when you are early since hormone levels are still rising.

It is better to gather some knowledge on the legal aspects of abortion in Bangalore. If you want to read all these in detail, the following link can take you there: Is abortion legal in Bangalore: What do you need to know?

Introduction to a copper-T or an IUCD:

Well, if you are reading this post, probably you are looking forward to getting an effective birth control option. And if you are thinking about getting a copper-T or an IUCD insertion, you are at the right place. So, here is a little introduction to this little wonder.

A copper-T gets its name from its shape and the material used to make it. Yes, it is a small T-shaped device made of plastic and coated with copper. It is no longer than a matchstick. Nowadays, IUCDs are available that are made in several other materials. You may also hear someone calling it coil or a multiload.

An IUCD has two threads attached to each side. They pass out through the neck of the womb and lie in the vagina. It is with the help of these threads that the doctor can easily move it and even remove it, as and when needed.

There are some other types of multiloads like hormonal IUCDs. They are progestin‐impregnated devices that cause a daily release of hormones into the maternal circulation.

However, it is advisable to consult with the doctor before an IUCD insertion. She can best guide you as to what kind of an IUCD may work the best for you. Some patients with hormonal imbalance may need only a classic copper-T. While there may be other patients for whom hormone regulation may be an essential benefit. And the doctor may prescribe them hormone-based IUCDs.

This T-shaped device is planted in the uterus by a small 2-minute OPD procedure. The gynecologist manually inserts an IUCD in the woman’s uterus. Once she is sure of it being rightly positioned, the woman can return home knowing that she does not have to remember to take any contraceptive pills or other measures.

How does an IUCD work?

An IUCD works by preventing the female egg from being fertilized by the male sperm. Now, every month, a woman during her reproductive age has a fertile window that lasts nearly 2-7 days. During this period, one of the two ovaries releases an egg. This egg then waits for up to a day to get fertilized by the sperm.

The fertile window is the period during which this fertilization takes place. While the female egg life before fertilization is only up to a day, the male sperm life can last up to 5 days. So, there are chances of fertilization when sperm is already present in the reproductive tract before ovulation. The same can fertilize the egg upon its release.

An IUCD prevents this fertilization. The copper in the device makes the cervical mucus hostile to sperm and eggs. This means it will not only prevent fertilization but also prevent the implantation of the embryo in the uterus. So, IUCDs have both spermicidal action as well as interfere normal development of ova by their effect on the endometrium.

Hormone-induced IUCDs also keep the hormone levels in check to prevent pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation. Another phenomenon by which IUCDs work is by promoting the phagocytosis of sperm cells. It inhibits the movement of sperm cells from the vagina to the fallopian tubes where fertilization occurs.

(Ref.: Burkman RT. Contraception & Family Planning. In: Decherney AH, Nathan L, Goodwin TM, Laufer N editor(s). Current Diagnosis & Treatment. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 10th Edition. New York, USA: McGraw‐Hill Companies, 2007:579‐597.)

IUCDs firstly prevent fertilization. But even if it happens in a case, the inflammatory changes of the endometrium may prevent the implantation of the embryo. And hence, contraception is successful.

How effective is the intrauterine device?

IUCDs of the modern world are nearly 99% efficient. With an IUCD in its place, the limit for human error as in the case of oral contraceptives is zero. There is no scope for making a mistake or not remembering to take the pill. The woman does not have to remember to take a pill. She may also not have to worry about pulling up coat protection or taking an emergency contraceptive pill in case of any mistake.

Should you get an IUCD just after the abortion?

Having an IUCD insertion just after an abortion or a spontaneous miscarriage may be good for several reasons. Let’s look into them.

#1. The woman is not pregnant:

What do you think is the first thing any doctor will take into account before an IUCD insertion? Well, the first and the most important thing is to be sure that the woman is not pregnant. A doctor performs an IUCD insertion only when the woman is not pregnant. And the doctors usually ascertain this before the procedure with an ultrasound and a blood test.

Just after an abortion, the doctor is sure that the woman is non-pregnant. She may not need any additional tests. This will save the patient’s time and also the final cost needed for two procedures performed at two different times.

A woman who has just got an abortion may be thinking about effective birth control. And what can be better when both time and her medical condition are suitable for an IUCD?

This also may be a good opportunity for a woman to have a reliable and efficient contraceptive method earlier. Early here means before the resumption of sexual activities. As a result, this would prevent any unplanned pregnancy. It would further prevent the repeated need for another induced abortion.

The spacing between the IUCD insertion and removal is also as wide as 5-10 years. This gives the couple sufficient time before the next planned pregnancy. Or can serve as effective birth control in case a future pregnancy is not a requisite for quite a longer duration.

#2. Pain:

One of the biggest fears women face before an abortion is the same they fear before an IUCD insertion. And this is pain. Getting an IUCD insertion just after the abortion on the same appointment can save the dual pain. This is because, at the time of an abortion, the cervical os is open. And hence insertion is easy both for the doctor as well as for the patient.

On the other hand, if the patient gets an IUCD at a different time, the doctor will need to numb the cervix. It may cause a little discomfort and pain to the patient.

Prevention of pain with an IUCD insertion at the time of a Gentle Care abortion:

Women who opt for Gentle Care abortions in Bangalore can get painless abortions as well as IUCD insertions. Do you fear pain with abortion or an IUCD insertion? If yes, then definitely you may want to proceed with a Gentle Care abortion. It is absolutely painless, stress-free and comfortable. You can also get an IUCD insertion during the same appointment and that too painlessly.

#3. Cost:

The cost of an abortion and the cost of an IUCD insertion at two different appointments may cost you double the amount. Whereas, having an IUCD insertion at the same abortion appointment can be a cost-effective solution to your two problems. The first being an unwanted pregnancy and the other an effective birth control method.

IUCD is an effective birth control method that lasts for up 5-10 years, depending on the type and the make. It is the most cost-efficient option for several reasons. The woman (or the couple) does not have to spend bucks on monthly purchases of one-time contraceptives. Contraceptive pills cost more when consumed for years in comparison to a one-time investment in birth control with an IUCD.

Besides, getting the IUCD on the same appointment as that of abortion will save the cost in terms of:

  • Additional appointment.
  • Cost of travelling to the hospital at two different times.
  • Amount spent in terms of time. For instance, if you are a working woman, you may need to take a day off for abortion. And also an additional day off for an IUCD insertion at the next appointment. The day when you are not on a paid leave will cost you. You may know this better, what a leave at work costs you.

Saving the cost with an IUCD insertion at the time of a Gentle Care abortion:

8 out of 10 married women undergoing a Gentle Care abortion get an IUCD implanted at the same appointment. Besides being a painless experience, it also offers them a cost-benefit. It is because they save the cost of two different appointments, travelling expenditure and also in terms of pain.

Gentle Care abortion is painless. A Gentle Care suction method takes less than 5 minutes. When an IUCD insertion is done on the same appointment, it may take between 5-10 minutes. And the procedure is absolutely painless. There is no discomfort to the patient.

And a Gentle Care surgical abortion takes nearly 20-30 minutes. IUCD insertion gets completed within the same appointment and that too painlessly.

An IUCD insertion after a Gentle Care abortion comes only at a minimal additional cost. Hence, you can call it a cost-efficient, comfortable as well as beneficial decision.

Are there any risks with getting an IUCD insertion after an abortion?

Spontaneous expulsion:

In older days, there used to be an issue where an IUCD would expel itself when placed after an abortion. But modern-day IUCDs have surpassed this with advancements in material and techniques. Hence, the risk of spontaneous expulsion has significantly reduced over years.

As per a report published after a review on the satisfaction level of patients getting an IUCD after delivery/abortion/miscarriage (postpartum), IUCDs have emerged as a contraception of choice. The rates of expulsion were low. Moreover, benefits of getting an IUCD postpartum outweighed the inconvenience of needing to return for postpartum care.

(Ref.https://reproductive-health-journal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1742-4755-11-32)

Infections may cause spontaneous expulsion but prevention is the key to a safe IUCD insertion:

Another cause of expulsion is infections of the reproductive tract such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). These infections are common with self-induced abortions or unsafe abortions.

It is therefore advisable to get an abortion only at a registered abortion hospital. Hygiene during and after an abortion and IUCD insertion is significant in preventing the occurrence of infections. Women are more prone to develop infections during their menstrual period. And the same is true for any medical procedure including an abortion.

At Bangalore Genesis Hospital, doctors carefully analyze a patient’s medical condition before an abortion. Any surgery is performed only in the absence of infections. Besides, prophylactic antibiotics and other medicines are prescribed on a case-to-case basis. Moreover, hospital hygiene is just one of the best things about the hospital. The entire premises are regularly cleaned and disinfected to keep patients infection-free.

Hear from BGH patients what they have to say about the hygiene care at the hospital:

Furthermore, the doctors use disposable medical pieces of equipment wherever possible. In regards to other medical equipment, every single piece is sterilized before and after each procedure. Hence, the risk of infections after an abortion and/or IUCD insertion are nearly zero.

Spontaneous expulsion due to cervix dilatation but Gentle Care abortion can prevent this complication:

One of the major reasons for the spontaneous expulsion of an IUCD after an abortion is the use of dilatants. Many medical practitioners use dilatants to dilate the cervix before an abortion. The dilatants are left to work over hours in the cervix region. The doctors would then perform an abortion only after the cervix dilation is sufficient.

In such practices, the cervix resumes back slowly after the abortion. And in the case, IUCD insertion has been done, the chances of its expulsion increase since the cervix is still dilated.

However, with a Gentle Care abortion, cervix dilation is done only during the procedure. Besides, the cervix resumes to its normal quite soon enough. There is no overnight hospitalization left to see the dilatants working. Therefore, the risk of IUCD expulsion is also reduced to a minimum when inserted just after an abortion.

Pain and bleeding:

Pain and bleeding after an abortion are expected outcomes. And so is it after an IUCD insertion, although the amount and intensity vary largely.

With a Gentle Care abortion, there is absolutely no pain. So, you can keep away your concerns about the painful procedure. Moreover, the doctors carefully empty the womb within the clinic itself. Hence, there are no remnants and bleeding is also minimum. Some women may not bleed at all.

Having an IUCD insertion at the same time can also prevent pain and bleeding after a Gentle Care procedure.

Who should not get an IUCD?

While IUCDs are one of the best and most efficient contraception methods, they may not be a beneficial option for some women. Most women respond well to IUCDs. However, some women who have very painful and heavy periods may not want to use an IUCD. It may increase the cramps making the pain worse.

It is always best to talk about your birth control options with your doctor before adopting one.

Can you exercise with an IUCD in its place?

Of course yes, why not? Initial symptoms of an IUCD insertion may include some cramps and slight back pain. So, if you want you can choose to avoid exercise or prefer only mild exercise for a day or two. And yes, if you are getting an IUCD along with an abortion, it is advisable to go slow. Do not do intense workouts the next day itself.

Most women with Gentle Care abortions feel absolutely normal within a day. Hence, they may think of resuming their routine exercises by the next day. However, it is advisable to take some time and let your body heal internally. Let your body accept the changes it has undergone. You can start with some deep breathing exercises.

After a couple of days, you can start your exercise routine by slowly increasing the amount and intensity of the workout.

Can you use an IUCD while breastfeeding?

Yes, absolutely! Although, many people believe that breastfeeding reduces the probability of another pregnancy. However, it is not a reliable contraceptive method. And if you are not looking forward to a wanted pregnancy, you can surely get an IUCD.

Breastfeeding or IUCD do not interfere with each other’s functionality. There is no medical reason for avoiding an IUCD while you are breastfeeding.

Are there any side effects of having an IUCD?

Classic Copper-T:

A classic Copper-T does not have any hormone impregnation. And hence, the woman can expect her periods on time and as usual after an IUCD insertion. Most patients do not report any adverse effects. Some others may experience them only for a month or two during the menstrual cycle. By the third cycle, most women have their periods back to normalcy.

And during this period, they may experience:

  • Heavier period.
  • The period may last a little longer.
  • Minor backache.
  • More abdominal cramps.

Hormonal IUCD:

The side effects of an IUCD device impregnated with progestin may be similar as mentioned above. However, some others may include:

  • Irregular periods for nearly 3-6 months.
  • Spotting between periods.

Should you get an IUCD?

Well, if you are looking for an efficient and long-lasting reliable contraceptive, then IUCD may be a good choice. Moreover, what makes it a cost-efficient contraceptive for a long duration has already been discussed in the post. So, there are several good reasons for you to get an IUCD over other conventional forms of birth control.

Are you looking for an abortion? If yes, you can get a safe, legal and confidential Gentle Care abortion at the best abortion hospital near you. Since the hospital intake of patients is for a limited number of patients only each day, you may not want to delay.

This is due to the personalized and premier abortion care given to each patient. Most of the Gentle Care abortion slots are pre-booked. You can call their helpline number to inquire about the next earliest abortion slot. And you can surely discuss your IUCD implantation options with the doctor. If everything is in place and the doctor seems it fit for you, you can get an IUCD insertion along with the abortion in the same appointment.

Schedule a Gentle Care abortion appointment today!

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