An intrauterine device (IUD) is one of the simplest and most effective forms of birth control. The OB/GYN team at Contemporary Women's Care provides a wide variety of IUDs and birth control implants for their patients in Plano, Texas. If you want a lasting birth control option that requires little effort to maintain, request an exam online today. You can also call the office to schedule over the phone.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a very small implant that goes inside your uterus near your fallopian tubes. IUDs are known for being over 99% effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy. There are several forms of IUD contraception.
Hormonal IUDs release very small amounts of progestin. These IUDs, such as Skyla®, Mirena®, and Liletta®, prevent pregnancy in two ways.
First, they thicken your cervical mucus, which ultimately blocks and traps sperm so it can’t reach the egg. Second, hormonal IUDs can stop ovulation, so eggs don’t leave your ovaries.
Paragard® is a nonhormonal IUD that’s made of copper, a material that repels sperm. Because sperm don’t like copper, and they try to avoid the material. Consequently, it becomes nearly impossible for sperm to reach your egg.
Birth control implants aren’t IUDs, but they are an alternative and highly effective form of contraception. The NEXPLANON® implant, which is placed underneath the skin in your arm, releases small amounts of hormones over time. These hormones thicken your cervical mucus, thin out your uterine lining, and may block ovulation.
Getting an IUD is a simple in-office procedure at Contemporary Women's Care that takes just a few minutes. During the procedure, your OB/GYN has you put your feet in stirrups so they can place a speculum into your vagina to hold the canal open.
Your OB/GYN places the IUD into a small catheter that she inserts into your vagina and through your cervix. She gently pushes the IUD out of the thin tube to shift it into place.
Most types of IUDs are effective right away, depending on where you’re at in your cycle. In some cases, your OB/GYN may advise you to use a backup form of birth control for up to seven days.
Not only are IUDs very low maintenance — no need to remember to take a pill every day — they’re also very long-lasting. Hormonal IUDs can last up to 3-5 years before they need to be replaced. The birth control implant lasts for about three years.
If you opt for a nonhormonal IUD, it can prevent unwanted pregnancy for up to 10 years. Your provider at Contemporary Women's Care lets you know the details of your specific IUD and how long you should expect it to last.
Find out if an IUD is right for you by booking an evaluation at Contemporary Women's Care today. You can request your IUD appointment online today, or you can book by calling the office.