Friday, 21 December 2012

Debunking myths and misconception about IUD

The success and effectiveness of any newly introduced phenomenon, idea or a new product is dependent on the level of acceptance by the general public. It stands true for even a product that has been in the market for quite some. Well, for the products related to health, the benchmark is the acceptance by doctors and health workers that have to administer the product.

However, their acceptance levels are in turn influenced by external factors like visibility and internal factors like inhibitions which possibly be based on their own experiences or have seen or heard from other doctors and their own patients. It is certainly highly recommended that these doctors and health workers keep themselves updated with the innovations that are introduced on a regular basis. For a reproductive health product like IUD, this thumb rule stands quite applicable because of the consistent research that goes on into innovating an existing product which minimizes risks and maximizes pleasure when using the product. In spite of these efforts, there are numerous myths that are floating around.

Below are some of the myths that have been around for some time and the answers that can debunk them based on scientific reasoning and past experience.

One of the myths that women have in mind is that they cannot use the IUD once they have had children. The fact that overrides this myth is that the IUD is a contraceptive option that can be used by women of all ages irrespective of marital status and even if they are nulliparous.

Another myth that makes rounds frequently is that once a woman is fitted with an IUD, she loses her capacity to be pregnant permanently. In fact the IUD is completely reversible and the woman can immediately plan on becoming pregnant after having the IUD removed by the doctor or healthcare worker. One of the grounds for this myth could have its roots in the fact that it is a long term means of prevention of pregnancy, which can prevent pregnancy for up to ten years.

One of the myths surrounding IUD is about the device causing pain during sex. Well, there could have been a possibility of the pain erupting and cause discomfort to the woman who had it inserted. However, lately it has been observed that when the women abstain from sex for the first 48 hours, the body has the time to adjust to the foreign body being present. Once the window of 48 hours has passed, it is considered safe to have sex and that there is no pain felt by the woman.

Another myth is that it is unsafe to the woman’s health. On the contrary, it is observed that there is a chance that is less than 2% of the woman contracting a serious complication when IUD is inserted. However, there are certain pre-existing health conditions that can render it unsafe for the woman. Hence, it is advisable to consult a doctor before going for the IUD insertion.

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