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OPTIMA IUD TCu 380A
About the product
OPTIMA is an intrauterine contraceptive with copper widely tested in the United States and other countries. It is the most advanced IUD of copper and has been approved for clinical use worldwide.
OPTIMA is suitable for women who want a reversible, long-term contraceptive method.
OPTIMA is a contraceptive with copper and is inserted into female uterus to prevent pregnancy. The product body is made in flexible polyethylene in format of a T. Its central rod is rolled with copper wire and each arm of the T carries a copper cylinder. Two polyethylene wires with 2 to 3 length are positioned outside the cervical canal to indicate device’s presence and to facilitate its removal.
How it works
The contraceptive effect is obtained by continuous release of copper into the uterine cavity. Copper interferes with the number and transport of spermatozoa, making it difficult for the egg to move through the woman’s fallopian tube, preventing fertilization (egg-sperm meeting). OPTIMA does not impair ovulation and does not cause miscarriage.
The pregnancy rate in women who use the IUD uninterruptedly for one year is less than 1%. This means that out of every 100 women who use the IUD for a period of one year, less than one will become pregnant.
Table 1. Effectiveness of contraceptive methods when used correctly and consistently (per 100 women / year).
|Method||Correct and ongoing use||Ordinary|
|– Low dose medicine||0,1||0,1|
|– Mini-pills during lactation||0,5||0,5|
|OPTIMA IUD TCu 380A||0,6||0,6|
|Diaphragm with cream or spermicidal jelly||6||6|
|Only spermicides (foam, creams, jellies, and vaginal suppositories)||6||6|
|Routine abstinence (all methods)||1 – 9||1 – 9|
|Injection (shot) for 3 months||0,3||0,3|
|LAM (six months)||0,5||0,5|
Source: Adapted from The Essentials of Contraceptive Technology, Johns Hopkins
Population Information Program, 1998
* Newton, J.R. J. Obstet. Gynaecol, 1994.
Rates of ongoing use
IUD users continue to use the method for much longer than users of other reversible contraceptive methods. The one-year continuation rate is approximately 86 per 100 users.
The frequency of closures per pregnancy and infection is very low. Other causes for discontinuation of the IUD are personal reasons, such as the desire for pregnancy.
Absence of contraceptive effect after removal of IUD
After discontinuation of OPTIMA its contraceptive effect ceases. When removed, the woman can become pregnant as quickly as a woman who has not used the IUD.
What your gynecologist should know about you
Before you have inserted the OPTIMA IUD TCU 380A it is your responsibility to fully inform your gynecologist the past medical history of yours. Tell your doctor if you have, if you have had or suspect to have a coronary, metabolic, or uterine dysfunction.
Situations that may occur
If you are an OPTIMA IUD TCU 380A user you must immediately notify your gynecologist if any of the following situations happen:
Insertion and removal
Before insertion of the IUD, the gynecologist will perform a pelvic exam to determine the size, shape, and position of the uterus.
The cervix and vagina will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution.
The doctor will take less than 5 minutes to place the OPTIMA IUD TCu 380A.
If you want to remove OPTIMA consult your gynecologist.
The contraceptive effect of OPTIMA ceases as soon as it is removed.
How to do self-examination
To make sure OPTIMA is in the correct position you can do the self-examination. Do the following:
Follow-up visits to gynecologist
It is recommended to return to the doctor after three months of insertion of the IUD.
OPTIMA has long life. The gynecologist will advise the date for the replacement or removal of the device.
OPTIMA allows the regular use of showers and plugs.