If you want a birth control method that’s virtually 100% effective and prevents pregnancy for up to 3-10 years, it’s time to consider an intrauterine device (IUD). Providence Women’s Healthcare in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, Georgia, offers hormone-containing and copper IUDs that are safe for all women. To learn more about which type of IUD would work best for you, call the nearest office or request an appointment online today.
An IUD is a flexible, T-shaped contraceptive device that fits inside your uterus. IUDs work just as well as tubal ligation (sterilization or permanent birth control), which makes them nearly 100% effective, but are removable should you decide you want to have a child. After you get an IUD, it can stay in your uterus for years, continuously preventing pregnancy.
There are two basic types of IUDs: hormone-containing and copper. Each one works in a different way:
Several brands of IUDs slowly and continuously release hormones that prevent pregnancy by changing the lining of your uterus, preventing ovulation, and thickening the mucus in your cervix.
One type of IUD is made of copper. Copper acts as a spermicide, so the sperm die before they can fertilize an egg.
IUDs are called long-lasting reversible contraceptives for a good reason: They last 3-10 years, depending on the type of IUD. You only need to occasionally check to be sure you can still feel the string. Otherwise, you don’t need to worry about birth control for years.
Hormone-based IUDs last three or five years (depending on the brand) before the hormones run out. By comparison, copper IUDs last up to 10 years.
You don’t need to keep the IUD in for the full time. You can ask your provider at Providence Women’s Healthcare to remove it at any time. Once the IUD is out, it’s possible to get pregnant immediately. Talk with your provider about another type of birth control if you’re not planning to start a family.
The IUD comes in a long narrow tube that your provider inserts through your cervix and into the uterus. When the IUD reaches the top of your uterus, they remove the insertion tube. The IUD stays in place while a string attached to the device comes out through the cervix.
Your provider cuts the string, allowing a small amount to hang below the cervix. You can feel the string, which is a physical sign telling you that your IUD is in place.
If you would like long-lasting and highly effective birth control, call Providence Women's Healthcare or schedule an appointment online to learn about IUDs.