IUD placement

You can come to Femme Amsterdam for the placement of an intrauterine device. We can also use ultrasound imaging to ensure that it is correctly placed. IUDs are a reliable form of contraceptive and an excellent option for nursing mothers. Women who have been pregnant are also welcome. There are two types of IUDs available: the hormonal IUD and a hormone-free option, the copper IUD.

How is an IUD placed

An IUD is placed into the uterus through your vagina. First, an internal gynecological examination is performed. The size and position of your uterus will be checked and it will be determined whether you are pregnant or not. The insertion of the IUD takes a few minutes. You can take painkillers beforehand. After placement you can go home immediately. After 4-6 weeks you can come back for a check-up to see if the IUD is in place.

Hormone Spiral

A hormonal IUD (such as the Mirena) is a very reliable contraceptive. You have 2 types of hormone coils, the Mirena and the Kyleena. The Kyleena is new on the market and it contains even fewer hormones than the Mirena, so the Kyleena is not recommended if you have menopausal symptoms.

You will be protected from an unwanted pregnancy for 5 years. The hormonal IUD is a synthetic anchor-shaped device which is 30 or 32 mm in length and emits a small quantity of the hormone progestin. This thickens the cervical mucus making it more difficult for sperm cells to reach an egg and preventing eggs from implanting into the uterine lining. Placement of the IUD will alter your menstrual cycle and you will be directly protected against pregnancy.

The price of the IUD is for both around the 140 EUR. After the placement you can experience the first weeks some spotting, but big chance you won’t have a regular period. The benefit of the hormonal IUD is after removal you natural cycles will start quickly so the opportunity is there to get pregnant.

Copper IUD

A copper IUD is a reliable hormone-free contraceptive. A copper IUD offers 5 to 10 years of pregnancy prevention, depending on the type of IUD. Copper renders sperm cells inactive, thus preventing fertilisation. You are protected directly after placement. Placement of the IUD will alter your menstrual cycle and you will be directly protected against pregnancy. The coil can also be used as a ‘morning after’ solution if the IUD is placed within 5 days of unprotected intercourse. Since April 2019 a new copper IUD is on the market, named the Balleringe. Because of its unique and flexible 3D form this IUD is easy to place. Also al lot of women who didn’t react well on the copper spiral are satisfied about the Ballerine.

The price of normal copper IUD is around the 70 EUR and the price of the Ballerine is around the 120 EUR.

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