The New Contraceptive That Won’t Mess With Your Hormones
By Megan Flemmit
Forget diamonds, these copper pearls could be your new best friend.
These days more women seem to be shunning the idea of using a hormonal contraceptive. Whether it’s the pill or the injection, the side-effects of these contraceptives are enough to make any women consider not using birth control. But when you’re trying to live a stress-free life without worrying about unwanted pregnancies, having an effective method of contraceptive is really important. A new contraceptive that was recently launched in South Africa could be the answer to all your prayers.
The Copper Pearls IUB has reached our shores, and while you might mistake them for jewellery, their purpose is far from decorative. The copper in the pearls is what causes them to be an effective method of birth control. Strung along a uterus friendly frame, the pearls prevent pregnancy for up to five years.
How Does It Work?
The IUB works similarly to the copper intrauterine devices (IUDs). It’s placed into your uterus using a tube. Once the tube is removed, the IUB moves into an ideal position. Once inside your uterus, it release small amounts of copper. The copper released interferes with the process of fertilization in the uterus by preventing sperm from fertilizing the egg or preventing the egg from implanting in the uterus.
You may be concerned about the amount of copper being released in your body. Don’t be. The amount of copper released is less than what the average person ingests through their diet daily.
The pearls come in three different sizes, ranging from 12mm to 18mm in diameter. Your doctor will recommend which size is suitable for you.
Does It Hurt?
The insertion of the IUB can be painful if the cervix is tight. Its recommended you wait until the last few days of your period to have it inserted. This is when the cervix is open wide enough, and chances of you falling pregnant is at its lowest. Local anaesthesia can also be used to help relax the muscles of the cervix.
But What About My Period?
Once the IUB has been inserted, you can expect heavier, longer periods for 2 -3 months afterwards. Spotting between periods may also occur.
And don’t worry about no longer being able to use tampons. The IUB doesn’t interfere with the usage of menstrual cups or tampons.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Other than heavier periods in the first few months, there are minimal side effects to be concerned about.
If the IUB goes through the wall of the uterus (perforation), it should be removed. It’s no longer effective once it has perforated the uterus.