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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An Early Pregnancy Scan, also called a Viability or Dating ultrasound scan, will confirm a pregnancy, confirm the gestation age and establish an Estimated Due Date (EDD).
Reassurance Scans are performed at any stage from 14 weeks of pregnancy. This ultrasound scan is for parents to be who have any concerns about their pregnancy at this stage.
The Sexing Scan is performed from 16 weeks of pregnancy. This ultrasound scan is for parents to be who would like to know the sex of their baby earlier than the 20 week anomaly scan
Fetal Wellbeing and Growth ultrasound scans are performed from 24 weeks of pregnancy. The scan can even be performed if you have reached 40 weeks or have passed your due date.
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