The Many Advantages of an IUD

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a popular and effective form of birth control. At Alpha OB GYN, we offer different types of IUDs to meet your family planning needs.

Sowmya Reddy, MD, FACOG, can determine if you’re a good candidate for an IUD and recommend which type of device is the right fit for you. Dr. Reddy also offers in-office IUD placement services and can remove the device when you no longer want or need it.

How an IUD prevents pregnancy

An IUD is a t-shaped device that goes into your uterus to interfere with fertilization. There are two types of IUDs available at Alpha OB GYN, including hormonal IUDs and non-hormonal IUDs.

Hormonal IUDs

Hormonal IUDs deliver a steady stream of hormones into your body to thin your uterine lining and prevent sperm from traveling to meet with an egg. The hormones also thicken the mucus in your cervix to disrupt ovulation.

Non-hormonal IUDs

Non-hormonal IUDs use copper to prevent pregnancy. Copper causes inflammation in your uterus that’s toxic to sperm. Inflammation also prevents implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus.

We offer comprehensive IUD placement services in-office that take about 15 minutes to complete. Dr. Reddy inserts the IUD through your vaginal canal and into your uterus. 

Common side effects of IUD placement may include cramping and mild discomfort.

Advantages of an IUD

IUDs offer many advantages for women who aren’t ready to get pregnant. Some of these advantages include:

Convenience

IUDs attach to the inside of your uterus to prevent pregnancy. Besides your initial placement procedure, you won’t have to worry about putting your IUD in place before sexual activity.

You can be more spontaneous with sex while having up to effective birth control that’s 99% effective at preventing pregnant.

Long-lasting protection

IUDs tend to work much longer than short-acting birth control pills, shots, and patches. The devices can last from 3-10 years to meet your specific family planning needs.

Affordability

The overall cost of an IUD makes it an affordable option for many women. Once the IUD is in place, there are no associated costs for as long as you keep the IUD in.

Reversible flexibility

When you’re ready to become pregnant, we can remove your IUD during a simple office procedure. Many women are able to conceive soon after their IUD is removed.

Treat underlying medical issues

Hormonal IUDs like Mirena®  and Skyla® can be useful for treating common issues like cramps and heavy bleeding during periods. In some cases, Dr. Reddy may recommend an IUD as part of your treatment for endometriosis, a condition where your uterine lining grows outside of your uterus.

If you’re thinking about getting an IUD to prevent unintended pregnancies but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, call the Alpha OB GYN office nearest you to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today. 

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