Right now, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to contraceptive options. So much so in fact, that it can be hard to know where to start. Well before you consign yourself to simply taking The Pill and forgetting about anything else, you might want to consider these awesome facts about the Copper IUD!
Fact one: It’s effective for over a decade!
After it’s inserted, your copper IUD will keep working for up to ten years 1. This means that it’s also one of the cheapest contraceptives on the market. “Now hang on!” I hear you saying “I’ve heard it can cost up to $500.” And you would be right, but if you break it down over the term of its efficacy it costs less than $4.20 a month. That’s less than a Netflix and Abstinence approach to birth control.
Fact two: It’s the only long term, reversible contraceptive that’s hormone free!
It’s totally reasonable to want to avoid putting additional hormones into your body, especially since so many of us can have such adverse reactions to them. But other than condoms (which are very short term) or sterilisation (which is very permanent) then you don’t have too many other choices. Enter the Copper IUD! It doesn’t use any hormones at all. Instead it uses the power of copper ions.
Fact three: It’s OVER 99% effective!
The Copper IUD has a failure rate of less than 1 woman in 100 within the first year of use 2. Unlike The Pill, Condoms, or other “user initiated” contraceptives there’s no room for human error. This means you can basically set and forget. No more cold sweat moments at the office wondering if you remembered to take the pill.
Fact four: It’s so effective against sperm it can make their tails fall off
The copper on the IUD is not compatible with healthy, functional sperm3. Which is a polite way of saying the copper IUD really messes those little swimmers up. The copper ions from the IUD create an environment that’s so completely hostile to sperm, so hostile in fact that it can actually cause sperm tails to separate from their bodies4. Makes it kind of hard to get to the egg when you can’t swim, hey fellas?
Fact five: It creates a natural spermicide!
Let’s say that somehow you hook up with an X-Men character with world’s lamest superpower – copper immune sperm. Well, it still wouldn’t make a difference because the copper IUD also causes the uterus and fallopian tubes to produce a sperm killing fluid (talk about a body hack)!
Fact six: It won’t let a fertilised egg implant in the uterus!
If, miraculously, fertilisation of an egg does somehow occur it’s still not a problem because the IUD will keep the egg from implanting on the wall of the uterus. The copper IUD is basically like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, except instead of destroying priceless historical artefacts it destroys any unwanted attempts to get you pregnant. Copper IUD: Womb Raider!
Fact seven: It can be used as emergency contraception!
You know that moment just after the condom breaks, the post coital bliss evaporates and you realise you’re going to have to make a run to the pharmacy to pick up the Morning After Pill? Blergh. Well, if you’re considering getting a copper IUD you’re in luck, because it also works as emergency contraception for up to 120 hours after unprotected sex5, in fact it’s considered the most effective form of emergency contraception available!
Fact eight: Copper IUDs have the highest level of satisfaction of any contraceptive!
According to sales figures and over 25,000 individual patient ratings from Drugs.com, compiled by medical information site DrED, the copper IUD tops the charts in terms of the most highly rated contraceptive among surveyed users. This was also backed up by another study on the satisfaction of contraceptives over a 12 month period and continuance rates6.
Fact nine: Having it put in can be painless!
There’s no need to be a hero when it comes to getting the IUD inserted. Having foreign objects relocated to the inside of your uterus isn’t exactly a walk in the park. But if you’re not interested in stiff-upper-lipping your way through the procedure you can opt in for Twilight sedation. The marvels of modern medicine have produced an awesome sedative that is much lighter than a general anaesthetic and will ensure that you don’t experience any pain or anxiety around the procedure.
So there you have it. The copper IUD, your personal bodyguard against unwanted pregnancies; painless, economical and available now!