How does Flexi-T work?
The copper on the Flexi-T IUD releases traces of copper in the immediate vicinity, causing sperms to lose mobility and preventing fertilisation. In addition, in the unlikely event that an egg is fertilised, the copper on the Flexi-T prevents the fertilised egg from implanting in the uterine wall. As a result, this IUD is also an excellent ‘morning after’ option in the event of an accident. This dual effect starts immediately after the Flexi-T is inserted.
Why should I choose a Flexi-T instead of other contraception methods? This is a personal decision which only you can make. Enclosed video will show you the advantages of the Flexi- T in comparison to other methods for contraception so you can easily choose what’s best for you.
Inserting a Flexi-T
Inserting a Flexi-T IUD is easy to arrange through your GP or gynaecologist. The tube that the doctor uses to insert the IUD is only 3.5 mm wide. Since the insertion tube is narrower than other IUDs, insertion causes little to no discomfort. Ideally, the Flexi-T should be inserted during menstruation, when the risk of pregnancy is minimal and insertion is easier.
Having a check-up is recommended after your first menstruation following insertion of the IUD. The doctor will check with an ultrasound to confirm that the Flexi-T is still positioned correctly. Periodic check-ups by a doctor are recommended, for instance once a year.
If you are taking anticoagulant medication, notify your doctor before the IUD is inserted. If you are receiving electrotherapy or radiotherapy, notify your doctor that you are using a copper IUD.
Possible side effects:
- Mild cramps
- Longer menstruation after insertion
- Increased blood flow during first menstruation after insertion
- Spotting throughout menstrual cycle during first week after insertion
- Copper allergy (rare; always notify your doctor if you are allergic)
Do not use Flexi-T or have this type of IUD inserted in the event of:
- Infection of the uterus or cervix
- Bleeding polyps inside the uterus
- Malformation of the uterus or cervix
- Copper allergy
- While using anticoagulant medication (consult a physician)
Availability of the Flexi-T
Your GP and/or gynaecologist can insert a Flexi-T. After an initial appointment, he/she can give you a prescription to purchase a Flexi-T from any chemist’s in your country.