Should I Get An IUD?
What is an IUD?
An IUD is an intrauterine device, which means that it fits inside your uterus. Shaped like a “T” and a little larger than a quarter, an IUD is a form of birth control. This contraceptive method is long lasting, safe, and highly effective.
What Types of IUD’s Are Available?
There are two basic types of IUDs available:
Hormonal IUDs releases a tiny amount of the hormone progestin, which makes your cervical mucus thicker and can prevent ovulation. The hormones in the IUD help prevent pregnancy and can also help with painful or heavy periods while you’re using it. Liletta, Kyleena, Mirena, and Skyla are four hormonal IUDs that work the same way and have the same kind of hormone in them.
Copper IUDs don’t contain hormones. They work by triggering your immune system, which causes the lining of your uterus to become inflamed and prevent pregnancy. ParaGard is a copper IUD.
How Effective Are IUD’s?
If an IUD is used correctly, it’s one of the most effective types of birth control. It prevents 99% of pregnancies.
What Are the Benefits of an IUD?
IUDs can provide the following benefits:
- Highly effective: It’s 99% effective at preventing pregnancy
- Long-lasting: They work for between 3 and 10 years.
- Easily reversible: IUDs can be easily removed.
- No ongoing costs for many years: After your IUD is inserted, you won’t have any more costs for 3 to 10 years.
- Some types relieve unwanted symptoms: These include menstrual pain, heavy periods, and pain from endometriosis.
Who is a Good Candidate For an IUD?
An IUD is a good birth control option for many healthy women. However, you should know that it doesn’t protect against STD (sexually transmitted diseases).
It also may not be appropriate if any of the following apply to you:
- You’ve had a recent pelvic infection
- You’re pregnant
- You have unexplained vaginal bleeding
- You have liver disease or breast cancer or at high risk for getting breast cancer- for hormonal IUDs
- Your uterus’ size or shape make placing an IUD difficult
How is an IUD Inserted?
Your IUD will be inserted in the doctor’s office. The doctor will put the IUD into a small tube. Once the tube is moved up into the uterus, the IUD will be pushed out of the tube, and the tube will be removed. You may experience cramping after insertion.
If you’re interested in getting an IUD or need more information if an IUD is right for you, make an appointment today with the experienced Dr. Katayoun Motlagh. Dr. Motlagh specializes in women’s health in her offices in Palmdale and Encino.