If you’re interested in birth control that you don’t have to think about on a regular basis, an intrauterine device (IUD) is an effective option that takes the worry out of contraception and is 100% reversible. Wanda Torres, MD, FACOG, and the skilled experts at Suncoast Women’s Care can insert your IUD during a simple office visit. To discuss your choices for an IUD, call the office in Trinity, Florida, or schedule an appointment online today.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a device made of plastic or copper that is inserted inside of your uterus through your cervix. An IUD is a reversible contraceptive that offers 5-10 years of protection against pregnancy.
The IUD is T-shaped, with a small tether string attached that hangs into your vagina. The string lets you verify that your IUD hasn’t been dislodged, and helps your provider remove your IUD if you decide you’d like to become pregnant, or if the device needs to be removed for any other reason.
The experts at Suncoast Women’s Care recommend the following FDA-approved brands of IUDs.
Mirena is a hormone-releasing IUD that is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for up to five years. Mirena prevents pregnancy in two ways: It thickens your cervical mucus which prevents sperm from reaching the uterus, and it prevents ovulation by releasing the hormone progesterone into your uterus.
This hormone-free IUD is made of copper. It‘s also over 99% effective and lasts up to 10 years. Paragard blocks sperm from entering the uterus, and the copper it’s made of destroys sperm and disrupts the process of impregnation should fertilization occur.
If you’re in good health, you’re probably a candidate for an IUD. IUDs aren’t recommended if you have certain conditions, such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, a history of uterine or cervical cancer, or frequent pelvic infections.
The experts at Suncoast Women’s Care strive to make you comfortable and to insert your IUD as quickly as possible. Your provider may recommend that you take some ibuprofen before your procedure, and she might give you a medication to soften your cervix before insertion, so it's easier to place your IUD.
You’ll recline with your feet in stirrups, and your provider will open your vagina with a speculum, similar to a Pap smear. Your provider will then use a thin tube to insert the IUD through the opening of your cervix.
You might be a little uncomfortable, but the procedure doesn’t take long. You can expect some mild cramping and light bleeding afterward, but these usually go away within 48 hours.
To learn more about IUDs, call Suncoast Women’s Care, or schedule an appointment online.