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IUD is an effective contraceptive in cardiac and hypertensive women
To the World Health Organization, the use of products with hormone must be restricted

 

Not all women may take contraceptive pills or contraceptive products that release hormones in the body. Despite the fact that the industry is getting increasingly more sophisticated in this area, with research of state-of-the-art drugs that bring some kind of benefit, such as control of the acne and skin oiliness or fight against retention of fluids, which reduce the swelling caused by the hormone ingestion - there are cases in which the pill cannot be prescribed.

The gynecologist Dr. Juan Díaz, medical advisor for the Latin America of the Population Council, international entity that acts in family planning, reminds that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that women in the first six months after the delivery shall not take pills, in case they are breastfeeding. “The pill decreases the milk quantity and, for such reason, may affect the child health”.

Other health conditions in which the World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend the use of the pill are cardiovascular diseases, such as blood hypertension, current or prior breast cancer, smoking women with age above 35 years and diseases of the gallbladder. It is also not recommendable for women suffering of migraine, taking anticonvulsant drugs; suffering of diabetes for more than 20 years, having any liver tumors, since it is the organ that metabolizes the drug; or are currently with hepatitis.

In these circumstances, a non-hormonal method shall be used, a safe and effective way, decided together with the physician, such as the IUD (intrauterine device), a product with duration of at least 10 years and that does not cause any side effects to the body.

The IUDs used today are made of plastic and contain copper, which increases a lot their effectiveness. The only product manufactured in Brazil with those features is that of the Optima brand, manufactured by Injeflex. Its strict quality control passed by international standards. This is so true that it is being sold and distributed by the United Nations Organizations (UN) and by other international institutions related to the population control and exported to Pakistan, Tunisia, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and several countries of Latin America.

There are several forms of IUD, but those of copper in “T” shape, such as Optima, are the most used. Their effectiveness can be evidenced by the long duration, low cost, non-interference in the sexual pleasure, prompt reversibility, absence of the side effects resulting from the use of hormones and no interaction with other drugs. In compensation, it may change the menstrual cycle in the first three months, increase the vaginal discharge and cause cramps.

 

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