IUD-Life Saver for Women

IUD-Life Saver for Women
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Intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) is a form of birth control in which the small T-shaped device is planted in the uterus of a woman to prevent her from getting pregnant. Until now, it was believed that IUDs contributed to the development of cervical cancer in women. But the results of an international study claim otherwise. Though the device might not be capable of stopping the infection that leads to the disease, it might at least be able to act as a preventive measure. And if not that, at least the research would be competent enough to reassure women and their doctors that using the IUDs does not add to the risk of developing cervical cancer.

The research conducted on 20,000 women concluded that the women who use IUDs had the likeliness of contracting the human papillomavirus which causes the disease as those who did not use the device. In fact, those with a history of using it had only half the risk of developing the cervical cancer. According to the Spanish researchers, a possible reason for this could be attributed to the insertion and removal technique which might destroy the pre cancer cells or develop immunity against the HPV from progressing. The results showed that though the possibility of HPV infection was not reduced, the IUD did decrease the risk of cervix cancer by reducing the likelihood of developing squamous-cell carcinoma by 44 per cent and adenocarcinoma or adenosquamous carcinoma by 54 per cent. Another type of cancer called endometrial cancer can also be prevented by the use of IUDs or coils as they are generally called. The duration over which it is used does not affect the risk according to the researchers.
Intrauterine contraceptive device

Approximately 80 per cent of the women across the globe tend to develop HPV infection by the age of 50. It is the most common viral infection of the reproductive track and results in cancer of the cervix. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women next only to breast cancer and affects 500,000 women resulting in 250,000 deaths each year according to the estimates of the World Health Organization. All over the world, many organizations and institutes are carrying out awareness and research programs taking note of the gravity of the situation. Nationwide immunization programmes for girls have been started by a few reputed drug-makers and developed countries for providing protection against HPV and cervical cancer.


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