IUDs or intrauterine devices are one of the most effective birth control devices. Women are flocking to the option because it’s effective, can protect you for years, and you don’t have to think about it – no pills to forget or patches to replace.
IUDs are small, T-shaped devices inserted into your uterus by the expert OB/GYNs at Abundant Life Healthcare. They prevent the sperm from fertilizing an egg and are over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
Two types of IUDs are available. ParaGard, which releases copper into your uterus, works by causing an inflammatory response in the uterus to prevent fertilization. Hormone-based IUDs, including Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla, release progesterone, a hormone, to prevent pregnancy by increasing the thickness of cervical mucus which causes a barrier to sperm and making the lining of the uterus unable to support egg implantation. Both types are easy to insert and remove if you do decide you want to become pregnant. Women love IUD forms of birth control for a number of reasons.
Convenience: Once inserted, IUDs need no maintenance – this means no pills, shots, or protection to wear. You need only check the strings that extend into your vagina monthly to make sure it’s still there. These strings are not really noticeable for you or your sexual partner.
Easily reversible: If you decide you want to get pregnant, the doctors can remove the IUD, and you’re immediately ready to try as soon as your next ovulation occurs. IUDs do not make it harder to get pregnant in the future. Do not attempt to remove an IUD on your own, however. Do see your doctor at Abundant Life Healthcare.
Long-lasting: Depending on the type you choose, IUDs can protect you from three to 10 years. Copper-based IUDs protect you for the longest.
Effective and foolproof: The IUD is as effective as sterilization and birth control implants in preventing pregnancy. You also can’t mess them up – no forgetting to use them or using them incorrectly. Once your doctor inserts an IUD, you basically forget about it.
Lighter periods: IUDS that use hormones can positively affect negative menstrual symptoms, including severe cramps and heavy bleeding. You may notice your period is lighter and more tolerable when you have an IUD.
Insertion is easy: Insertion of the IUD is quick – taking only a few minutes, following a routine pelvic exam and pregnancy test. Some women do experience some cramping, so it’s recommended you take ibuprofen prior to the procedure. These cramps typically resolve almost immediately after insertion.
Works immediately: You’re protected right after insertion of the device. You don’t have to wait for the hormones or copper to become effective.
If you’re shopping for effective birth control methods and have questions about the IUD, don’t hesitate to talk to the staff at Abundant Life Healthcare. They can consider your particular situation and health to determine if the IUD is right for you. Do remember that an IUD cannot protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and chlamydia.