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Need cheap family planning/doctor

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I have had a copper coil (iud) that I want to have removed due to emerging concerns of copper toxicity.
What would be the easiest and cheapest way to go about this? I don't have private health insurance yet because just moved here but would like to have this done ASAP in the Zug or Zurich area. Thank you.
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Old 10.08.2011, 08:50
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Re: Need cheap family planning/doctor

You are covered for health insurance from date of entry (did you register at the Gemeinde) and Gynae stuff is generally not covered by the basic health insurance anyway...

The 'good news' is that removal is usually more straightforward than having it inserted, and I'm sure you could phone around a few gynaecologists (have a search on the forum here to find some recommendations) and actually ask them how much it costs...

I'm not sure about copper toxicity. It's probably just an urban myth, compared to, say smoking or something...
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I'm not sure about copper toxicity. It's probably just an urban myth, compared to, say smoking or something...
Well, the copper is toxic to sperm which isn't urban legend. IUDs are safer and often more effective than hormone birth control. It's an overall win in terms of contraception, really.

Perhaps you should discuss it with an OB-GYN before having it removed as unless you have an exceptional issue with it, you shouldn't need to worry about the copper.
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