For a contraception method that is long-term and reversible, consider an IUD. IUDs have increasing popularity in Singapore with their effectiveness, affordability, and ease of use.
This post will provide a comprehensive price guide to getting an IUD in Singapore. We will also discuss the types of IUD Singapore clinics offer and their respective costs.
What is an IUD?
“IUD” stands for “intrauterine device”. It is a type of contraceptive method that is inserted into the uterus. It prevents sperm from reaching an egg, thus preventing pregnancy. Two main types of IUDs are available in Singapore – hormonal and copper.
The hormonal IUD releases hormone which helps to prevent pregnancy. The device is inserted into the uterus that lasts for up to 5 years. It works by thickening cervical mucus, thinning the uterus lining, and possibly inhibiting ovulation.
IUDs’ hormones hinder sperm from fertilizing an egg and block the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus.
It is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy but does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections. You should use condoms in addition to your hormonal IUD.
The copper IUD releases toxic copper ions to sperm, preventing them from fertilizing an egg. It creates a hostile environment for sperm and egg implantation by increasing white blood cells and other substances in the uterus and fallopian tubes.
The copper IUD is highly effective, with a 99.2% success rate of preventing pregnancy when used correctly.
Depending on the chosen device, it can remain in the uterus for up to 10 years, making it ideal for long-term contraception without remembering daily or weekly pills.
The copper IUD is also non-hormonal, meaning it will not interfere with a woman’s natural hormones or menstrual cycle. Once the device is removed, fertility returns to normal within 24 hours.
Cost of Getting an IUD in Singapore
Getting an IUD in Singapore costs depending on the type and brand chosen. The cost includes the device, insertion, follow-up consultations and removal (if necessary). Generally speaking, hormonal IUDs tend to be more expensive than copper ones.
Hormonal IUDs: It typically costs between $400 and $600. Some common brands in Singapore include Mirena, Skyla and Jaydess.
Copper IUDs: They are generally cheaper than hormonal ones, costing around $200 to $300. Popular copper IUD brands in Singapore include Copper-T, TCu380A and ParaGard.
What to expect in getting an IUD in Singapore?
Getting an IUD in Singapore is a relatively straightforward process. Your doctor will first conduct a physical examination to check your uterus and ensure the IUD can be safely inserted.
The IUD is inserted into the uterus using a thin plastic tube. You should expect some cramping during or after the insertion process that lasts for no more than a few hours. After the insertion, your doctor will provide after-care instructions to look after your IUD and alert you to potential side effects.
Are there any associated risks?
There are certain risks associated with getting an IUD.
- Infection – Uncommon but can happen if bacteria enter the uterus during or shortly after insertion.
- Expulsion – It can be expelled from the uterus if it is not inserted correctly or if there are changes in your uterus.
- Migration – The IUD may leave its original position, making it less effective at preventing pregnancy.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease – The device can cause pelvic inflammatory disease if infected.
Advantages of getting an IUD
The advantages of getting an IUD include the following:
- its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy,
- ease of use, and
- low cost compared to other birth control methods.
IUDs are long-lasting devices with no daily maintenance required. With an IUD, the user does not have to worry about taking a pill daily, which can benefit those who don’t like taking medication.
Additionally, IUDs are immediately reversible, so they do not permanently affect fertility like other methods of birth control can.
Disadvantages of getting an IUD
Though IUDs are highly effective forms of contraception, there are some potential disadvantages to consider.
- Do not protect against sexually transmitted infections – If you have multiple partners or an STI, you should use a barrier method such as a condom in addition to the IUD for maximum protection.
- Side effects – Depending on the type of device you get, it includes cramping and irregular periods. Some women also experience heavier periods or spotting between periods when they use an IUD.
- Difficult to insert – Some women experience cramping or pain during insertion. There is also a risk of perforation that causes complications and requires surgery to remove the device.
Getting an IUD is a convenient and effective birth control method for long-term protection from pregnancy. An IUD can provide reliable contraception for years with proper care and maintenance.
The cost of an IUD increases for additional consultations or the removal of the device, so ask your doctor about all potential costs before getting an IUD.
Discuss any health concerns you have with your doctor before using any form of birth control to ensure the best health and safety decisions.