IUD Insertion and Removal
If you’re looking for a long-term, reversible form of birth control that you don’t need to think about, talk to the doctors at Pure OBGYN to find out if an intrauterine device (IUD) is right for you. With offices located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, getting an IUD or other forms of birth control is more convenient than ever. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
What is an IUD?
An IUD is a small T-shaped device that is inserted into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. IUDs offer long-term, reversible protection against pregnancy by interfering with the sperm’s ability to reach the egg and achieve conception. IUDs can stay in place for between 3-10 years, depending on which type of IUD you choose.
There are two types of IUD, hormonal and non-hormonal.
Hormonal IUDs include the brands Mirena®, Skyla®, Liletta®, and Kyleena®. They release the hormone progestin which thickens your cervical mucus, making it nearly impossible for sperm to enter your uterus and join with your egg. Some types of hormonal IUDs can prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation. Hormonal IUDs last for between three and six years. In addition to preventing pregnancy, they lighten or in some cases, even stop your periods.
ParaGard® is the only non-hormonal form of IUD available in the United States. It is wrapped in copper to repel sperm. ParaGard protects you from pregnancy for up to 12 years. It’s also an effective form of emergency birth control when inserted within five days of unprotected sex.
While IUDs last for years, if you decide that you’re ready to have a baby, your fertility returns almost as soon as your doctor removes your IUD.
What happens during IUD insertion?
If you and your doctor at Pure OBGYN agree that an IUD is the best form of birth control for you, you’ll schedule an appointment for IUD insertion.
At your insertion appointment, your doctor will review your medical history and check your vagina, cervix, and uterus. They’ll also screen you for pregnancy before inserting the device.
When it comes to insertion, your doctor uses a speculum to open your vagina and uses a special device to measure your uterus and insert your IUD. In most cases, insertion only takes five minutes.
The insertion process can cause some minor cramping. You can take pain medication 30 minutes before your insertion to reduce your discomfort. If you find Pap smears and pelvic exams uncomfortable, tell your doctor and request a local anesthetic for your insertion.
What are the benefits of IUDs?
IUDs are incredibly effective with a success rate of more than 99%. Once your doctor places your IUD, you don’t need to think about birth control again until you need to replace or remove the device. The device is long-lasting and completely reversible.
Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about IUDs and if they’re right for you.