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Intra Uterine Contraception

Intra Uterine Contraceptive Devices (IUCDs) have been used since the first half of the 20th Century. There have been three types of device. Inert, generally made of plastic, (before 1960), containing a metal such as copper (after 1960) and containing a hormone similar to progesterone (after 1980). It is unclear how they work but in principle they create a hostile intra uterine environment not favourable to the sperm fertilising the egg. All are highly effective for contraception and the progesterone containing device is also used to treat gynaecological problems such as heavy periods. The reliability of IUCDs in preventing conception depend on several factors which include the age of the woman, frequency of intercourse, correct placement of the device and, possibly, how long it has been in the womb. They are highly effective, more so than oral contraceptive pills. Devices can be left in place for 5-10 years and longer if the woman was 40 years old or more when it was placed. A device is more difficult to place if there are uterine fibroids and may be less reliable in these circumstances. Certain gynaecological conditions such as pelvic infection is a contra indication to their use.

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LONDON CLINIC

137 Harley Street,
London W1G 6BF

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CHESHIRE CLINIC

Alderley Edge Medical Centre, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge,
Cheshire, SK9 7HR

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Harley Street, London

The Birth Company
137 Harley Street
London
W1G 6BF

020 7725 0528
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Harley Street, London Opening Times

Mon 08:00 - 20:00
Tue 08:00 - 20:00
Wed 08:00 - 20:00
Thu 08:00 - 20:00
Fri 08:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Sun 10:00 - 14:00

Alderley Edge, Cheshire

The Birth Company
Alderley Edge Medical Centre,
Talbot Road,
Alderley Edge
Cheshire
SK9 7HR

016 2570 4080
alderleyadmin@thebirthcompany.co.uk

Alderley Edge, Cheshire Opening Times

Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Tue 09:00 - 17:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
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