Who do I talk to?
To know more about MONA LISA® IUDs and decide if they are right for you, talk to your healthcare professional.
Frequently asked questions
Is a MONA LISA® IUD right for you?
An important consideration while choosing a birth control option is whether non-hormonal or hormonal contraception is the best choice for you. This is an important decision and a conversation you can have with your healthcare professional. Some of the common reasons for choosing a non-hormonal contraceptive are:
- Hormone-based birth control products aren’t a good fit for all women, and increasingly, some women are looking for alternatives to hormonal contraception
- Busy lives can make it hard to remember a daily dose of pills
- Condoms do not always provide the most reliable method of contraception
MONA LISA® IUDs offer a reliable option that delivers short-term to long-term birth control, based on your contraceptive needs.
A MONA LISA® IUD provides a hassle-free, non-hormonal way to get on with your life.
When should a MONA LISA® IUD be inserted?
A MONA LISA® IUD can be safely inserted any time during the menstrual cycle, although some physicians recommend insertion during menstruation as it minimizes the risk of non-diagnosed pregnancy.
Insertion should be delayed until 6 weeks after delivery, and 12 weeks after a caesarean section. Insertion any time sooner might result in risks of perforation or expulsion of the MONA LISA® IUD.
There are no associated risks with having a MONA LISA® IUD inserted while breastfeeding.
What will happen during my first menstrual cycles after the insertion of a MONA LISA® IUD?
The first 3 cycles following insertion are usually different from your normal cycles. Menstruation can be heavier, your periods may last longer, and you may experience spotting in between periods. These menstrual changes usually diminish and disappear after 2-3 months. However, if your menstrual flow continues to be heavy or unusually long, or spotting continues, contact your healthcare professional.
What are the side effects after inserting MONA LISA® IUDs?
Side effects of intrauterine devices, including MONA LISA® IUDs, are not common but include the following:
- Menstrual changes: The most common side effects of a MONA LISA® IUD are heavier menstrual bleeding, periods of longer duration than normal, and more painful periods. You may also experience spotting between periods. These menstrual changes usually diminish and disappear after 2-3 months. However, if the menstrual flow continues to be heavy or unusually long, or if spotting continues, contact your healthcare professional.
- Abdominal pain: Pain in the lower abdomen or sacral area may occur initially after insertion, but usually subsides with time or with analgesic treatment. Pain may be a physiological response to the presence of the MONA LISA® IUD, but if the pain persists, contact your healthcare professional to rule out either the possibility of an infection, or the improper positioning of the MONA LISA® IUD.
- Genital tract infection/pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): During the first month after insertion, there may be a small risk of a genital tract infection. This can include PID, which is an infection that affects the uterus, fallopian tubes and nearby organs. PID is most likely to occur in the first 20 days after insertion of a MONA LISA® IUD. Exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and not the use of the IUD itself, is responsible for PID occurring after the first month of use. The incidence of PID among intrauterine devices users is less than 2 episodes per 1000 years of use, which is similar to that of the general population. PID is treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated, PID can cause serious problems such as infertility. Contact your healthcare professional if you have abdominal or pelvic pain, painful sex, unusual or bad smelling vaginal discharge, chills, heavy bleeding, or fever.
What are the risks associated with MONA LISA® IUDs?
- In rare cases, certain women, in particular women who have never given birth, are more susceptible to fainting, a slowing of their pulse, and other neurovascular episodes during and immediately after insertion or removal of a MONA LISA® IUD.
- Perforation: In rare cases, a MONA LISA® IUD can penetrate the wall of your uterus during insertion. This rare complication occurs at a rate of 0.7 to 1.6 per 1000 insertions. If perforation occurs, the MONA LISA® IUD should be removed.
- Expulsion: A MONA LISA® IUD may partially or completely fall out of your uterus. Expulsion of any intrauterine device is most common in the first year of use. The expulsion rates are often higher in women who have never been pregnant, in women who have the MONA LISA® IUD inserted immediately after giving birth, and in women who have had a previous expulsion of an intrauterine device. If you think your MONA LISA® IUD has partially or completely fallen out, use an additional form of birth control, such as a condom, and call your healthcare professional.
When may MONA LISA® IUDs not be used?
- If you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant
- If you have a past history of ectopic pregnancy or predisposing factors
- If you have an abnormally shaped uterus
- If you have, or suspect you have, a sexually transmitted disease
- If you have, or have had in the last 3 months, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or engage in current behavior that puts you at risk of PID (for example, because of having sex with several men or your partner is having sex with several women)
- If you have had an infection in your uterus after a pregnancy or abortion in the last three months
- If you have cancer of the uterus or cervix
- If you have unexplained vaginal bleeding
- If you have an infection in your cervix
- If you have Wilson’s disease
- If you are allergic to copper