The copper IUD, for example, T-Safe® contains no hormones and is therefore suitable if you are not allowed or do not want to use hormones. It is a T- or horseshoe-shaped piece of plastic with a copper wire around it. The active substance in this IUD is copper. This is released gradually and makes the sperm cells inactive. No monthly fertilization takes place and the copper IUD provides pregnancy protection for up to 10 years.
The copper IUD can also be used as a morning after spiral if it is placed within 5 days of unsafe sex. This means that any fertilized egg cannot implant sight in the uterine wall, so you will not get pregnant.
Since the copper IUD does not contain hormones, you keep your own menstrual pattern.
Placement of a spiral
Echo Eindhoven is specialized in placing spirals. So you can contact us for placing all spirals. You do not need a referral for this.
If you have never given birth, we prefer to place the IUD during a menstrual period because your cervix is slightly open. This facilitates insertion of the spiral. We are also sure that there is no pregnancy at that time. After delivery, we placed the IUD 10 to 12 weeks after delivery.
Before placing the spiral, an ultrasound is first made to determine the position of your uterus and to see if there is no pregnancy. Then the spiral is placed, this only takes a few minutes. Afterwards an ultrasound is made again to see if the spiral is in the right place in the uterus.
You may experience abdominal pain or cramping immediately after inserting the IUD. This is usually short-lived.
Since the copper IUD is a method without hormones, you keep your own menstrual pattern. However, the first and sometimes the second menstruation may come a little earlier than usual and be a little more painful or last longer. After 2 or 3 months, your menstrual pattern should be the same as your natural menstrual pattern again.
Reliability after installation
After placing a copper spiral you are immediately protected against a pregnancy. You do not need to use additional contraception.
Removal of a spiral
You can also go to Echo Eindhoven for removing a spiral. You can have a spiral removed at any time. After removal you are immediately fertile again. If the spiral is finished and would like to have a new one installed, this is possible.
Did you know?
The IUD is also called Intra-Uterine Device? This literally means “object in the womb”.