For effective, long-acting, and easy-to-use birth control, an IUD is one of the best options available. The knowledgeable team of OB/GYNs at Mott Women Healthcare in New York City offers IUDs. If you’re thinking about getting an IUD, call or book an appointment online today.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small appliance that your provider at Mott Women Healthcare inserts inside your uterus. Once inserted, the IUD provides reversible, reliable birth control without any further action on your part.
You don’t need to remember to take a pill or do anything while the IUD works. Not only is this a convenient method of birth control, but it’s also more than 99% effective preventing pregnancy. IUDs prevent pregnancy for up to 3-10 years, depending on the type you get.
However, IUDs don’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). To prevent STDs, you need to use a latex condom every time you have sex or be in a mutually monogamous relationship.
IUDs are reversible, so if you decide you want to get pregnant, your provider at Mott Women Healthcare can remove it at any time. The IUD won’t affect your fertility. In fact, some women get pregnant right after they get their IUD removed.
There are two main types of IUDs: hormonal and copper. Your provider at Mott Women Healthcare helps you choose which option is best for you.
Hormonal IUDs are made of plastic and release hormones into your body, similar to the birth control pill. These hormones prevent you from getting pregnant.
Hormonal IUDs begin preventing pregnancy about seven days after insertion and last for 3-5 years.
The copper IUD doesn’t release hormones. Instead, this type uses copper to prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg.
The copper IUD is effective at preventing pregnancy immediately after insertion. In fact, the copper IUD is the most effective method of emergency contraception available. As long as you get it inserted within 120 hours (5 days) after having unprotected sex, this IUD is over 99% effective.
If you’re interested in getting an IUD, your provider at Mott Women Healthcare performs a physical and pelvic exam and reviews your medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate.
To insert the IUD, your provider places a speculum in your vagina and then uses a special inserter tool to position the IUD through the opening in your cervix.
IUD insertion may cause some cramping or discomfort, but the process only lasts a couple of minutes. You may want to take pain-relieving medicine before your appointment and have someone drive you home.
Afterward, plan to relax for the rest of the day as you may experience cramps or backaches.
To find out if an IUD is right for you, call Mott Women Healthcare or book an appointment online.