In addition to their extremely high efficiency of contraception, MelbeaGold IUDs are specially gentle to your body. This is due to noble metal and copper alloy active components first of all. MelbeaGold IUDs do not affect bodily functions and their natural rhythm. This also means that ovulation occurs in the normal order. However, the targeted effect in the uterus prevents fertilization or fertilized eggs from nidation. At the same time, MelbeaGold IUDs fit precisely into the uterine cavity and protect against infections. Intrauterine contraception can be applied in the case of basically all women if they would like to enjoy the benefits of non-hormonal contraception sparing the organism and safe in the long run. It is particularly recommended to women who do not wish to have contraception in mind day by day, and who are not planning to have a baby in the near future, or who have already completed their family planning period. MelbeaGold IUDs can be used for 5 years, providing maximum protection against unintended pregnancy without the need to think about it each day, moreover they are very cost-effective. As it happens in the case of other methods of contraception as well, there can certainly be individual properties or health reasons against intrauterine contraception. Therefore your gynaecologist will perform a thorough check before putting your IUD in place and provide you with detailed information on the application of MelbeaGold IUDs. So allow sufficient time for yourself and gather information on all possible options. Information on new MelbeaGold IUDs is also available in our new user information brochure.

Women under 35

Earlier on, intrauterine contraception was particularly recommended to women over 35 years of age where the period of family planning was already terminated. This recommendation was based, to a great extent, on the observation that in younger or nulliparous women occurrences of heavy menstrual periods, strong pain or IUD rejection were more frequent than in women who already gave birth. A recently prevailing approach is, however, that this group of women can also be befitting subjects for intrauterine contraception, especially if they do not wish to apply hormonal contraception methods for personal considerations or they cannot do so for health-related reasons. Based on these new findings, the prescription criteria for traditional IUDs of copper content were modified in the USA, for instance, so they can be applied in the case of all women over 16 since 2005. The same way as in the case of older women or those who already gave birth, younger women will generally have less or no pains and less heavy bleeding as the organism gets accustomed to the foreign body. As there is a somewhat higher risk of rejection of the intrauterine device, it is particularly important for younger women to perform regular self-checks of the thread.

After childbirth

Couples are frequently warned away from having sexual intercourse during the 4-6 weeks immediately following childbirth as it is presumed that lochia (puerperal discharge) can be infectious. Even if this is not likely to be the case, women generally avert the thought of sex during this period. Afterwards, however, many women enjoy their sexuality with renewed intensity. During lactation, ovulation fails to occur in most cases, and the first menses takes place towards the end of the lactation period. Nevertheless, ovulation can occur during lactation, before the first menses takes place. Therefore it is essential to apply a reliable method of contraception even during the period of lactation, as soon as sexual activity begins, especially because pregnancies shortly after one another involve considerable health risks both for both the mother and the child to be born. During lactation, the selection of contraceptives is governed by special rules as adverse effects to the baby through breast milk must be avoided. For this reason, hormonal contraception methods are not allowed to be applied. After childbirth, however, intrauterine contraception is a specially recommended solution. Just as traditional IUDs of copper content, MelbeaGold IUDs can be applied as early as four weeks after childbirth, and they provide long-term and safe protection against unintended pregnancies without endangering the baby’s health. It is also a benefit that intrauterine contraception is not detrimental to the female organism.

Women over 35

Essentially all women must use contraceptives until menstruation discontinues. The widespread misbelief that women over 45 do not need to use contraceptives leads to a great number of unintended pregnancies year by year, involving high risks for both mother and child. Intrauterine contraception can also be excellently applied in the case of women over 35 years of age, particularly for women who do not wish or are not advised to burden their bodies with hormonal contraception methods either for personal or for health reasons, for instance that they smoke. Intrauterine contraception also provides a long-term and similarly safe alternative for those who are deterred by sterilization after their family planning period is completed. If you consider the option of sterilization, please take into account that all surgical interventions represent a certain risk for the patient, and that – as opposed to a widespread opinion to the contrary – sterilization does not provide absolute protection against pregnancy: in spite of being sterilized, an average of one out of 1,000 women become pregnant. MelbeaGold IUDs can be used for a long term and provide reliable protection against unintended pregnancy until menopause. It is also a fact of common knowledge that intrauterine contraception is particularly harmless to the organism of women over 35 and women after childbirth.

Emergency contraception

Many people are not aware, but coils can also be used for emergency contraception after unprotected sex. In such a case, the coil must be put in place within 5 days of the unprotected intercourse. And a MelbeaGold IUD applied for emergency contraception can remain inside to ensure subsequent contraception.

Important: Intrauterine devices do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Therefore women who do not live in a permanent relationship must protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases by appropriate methods to avoid complications concomitant with infections.