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Morning after IUD

The morning after IUD is a kind of emergency contraceptive. You can use it if you forgot to use protection or if you had a problem with your regular contraceptive method.

How do I use it?

A doctor or gynecologist can insert the morning after IUD within 7 days of your having unprotected sex. It’s similar to a regular IUD: it prevents a fertilized ovum from implanting in your uterus and developing. The morning after IUD can be removed after your next period. You can also keep on using it as a contraceptive.

👍 Advantages

  • It can be inserted up to 7 days after you have unprotected sex, while the maximum is 3 days for the morning after pill.
  • It’s a very effective way of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.
  • It’s 99% effective.

👎 Disadvantages

  • The morning after IUD is more complicated to use and less accessible than the morning after pill.
  • It doesn’t protect against BBSTIs.
  • It has some risk of causing hemorrhaging. It can also give you painful cramps during your periods. If that happens, your IUD should be removed.
  • There’s a small risk of perforating your uterus when it’s inserted.
  • If you have a BBSTI, the IUD can spread the infection into your fallopian tubes.
  • Infections of the ovaries and fallopian tubes are more serious and more frequent than with any other contraceptive method.
  • The morning after IUD costs about $35 to $100, and it’s not covered by provincial health insurance.

Your partner won’t be able to feel your IUD during sex. He/she won’t be able to touch it with his penis or a sex toy. If it feels as if it’s in the wrong place or you’re uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.