If you’re looking for a long-acting, reversible form of birth control that you don’t have to think about, consider an intrauterine device (IUD). The doctors at Women’s Health Services, in Arlington, Texas, offer both hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs to prevent pregnancy. Call Women’s Health Services, or schedule an appointment online today to find out if an IUD is right for you.
An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that your doctor inserts into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. IUDs provide long-lasting contraception that is immediately reversible when you’re ready to get pregnant.
IUDs are available in hormonal and non-hormonal forms and prevent pregnancy in different ways.
Mirena®, Kyleena®, Skyla® are hormonal IUDs. Once the device is in place, it slowly releases hormones that thicken your cervical mucus and/or stop ovulation. Depending on the brand of IUD you choose, it can stay in place for three to seven years.
Paragard® is the only non-hormonal IUD. The device is wrapped in copper wire, which repels sperm to prevent conception. Paragard can stay in place for up to 10 years.
IUDs are incredibly effective at preventing pregnancy. Once the device is in place, there’s almost no room for human error like there is for birth control pills and condoms. IUDs are also reversible. When you’re ready to start growing your family, your doctor can remove your IUD, and it won’t have a long-term effect on your fertility.
Additionally, some of the hormonal IUDs can make your periods lighter and less painful. You may benefit from an IUD if you have painful, heavy periods. Paragard can also be used as emergency contraception if it’s inserted within five days of having unprotected sex.
Even though IUDs offer a comprehensive range of benefits, there are a few minor risks. For example, an IUD can increase your risk of pelvic inflammatory disease. They also don’t protect you from STDs, so you should use a condom with new partners or if you’re in a non-monogamous relationship.
The best way to determine if an IUD is right for you is to make an appointment with the doctors at Women’s Health Services. They talk to you about your health, lifestyle, and birth control needs before recommending an IUD or another type of birth control. The doctors take time to listen and will answer your questions thoroughly to help you make an informed decision.
If you’re interested in an IUD, call Women’s Health Services, or schedule an appointment online today.