Pos­si­ble side ef­fects

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‘It’s im­por­tant to know that the IUD in­volves a small pro­ce­dure with a lo­cal anaes­thetic,’ says Dr Deb­o­rah Bate­son, Med­i­cal Direc­tor of Fam­ily Plan­ning NSW. ‘You can also ex­pe­ri­ence spot­ting in the first few months.’ ‘Your pe­ri­ods tend to be heav­ier and can last longer as the cop­per can cause an in­flam­ma­tory re­sponse,’ ex­plains Dr Bate­son.

No side ef­fects, ex­cept if you are al­ler­gic to la­tex rub­ber or the lu­bri­cant.

‘The in­jec­tion is not eas­ily rev­ersible – like re­mov­ing an IUD – some­times it can take up to 18 months to get your fer­til­ity to come back to nor­mal,’ says Dr Bate­son. Weight gain and loss of bone den­sity is also

‘The com­bined pill cre­ates a much more re­li­able bleed­ing pat­tern and is good for peo­ple with acne, while the pro­gesto­gen-only pill could cause some ir­reg­u­lar bleed­ing,’ says Dr Bate­son. ‘There’s a lot of mis­in­for­ma­tion out there that tak­ing this pill will stop fu­ture fer­til­ity, but that’s not the case,’ adds Dr Bate­son. Can cause ir­reg­u­lar bleed­ing in some women – see your doc­tor about ways to con­trol this if it hap­pens to you. Most women have very few, but may ex­pe­ri­ence bloat­ing, mood changes and ten­der breasts. ‘They can be a bit more ex­pen­sive than male con­doms and harder to find,’ ex­plains Dr Bate­son. Um... you get preg­nant. ‘I wouldn’t rec­om­mend this method as 40 per cent of men have sperm in their pre-ejac­u­late, so it’s likely you can still fall preg­nant even if does “pull out” be­fore ejac­u­lat­ing,’ says Dr Bate­son.

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