Overview

The IUD has been a reliable method of birth control for many women due to its effectiveness and convenience. Castaneda OBGYN offers IUD insertion services for women who want a long-term, hassle-free approach to birth control.

Types

The IUD is a small, T-shaped device made of plastic that is either wrapped in copper or contains hormones. There are two types of IUDs available: Copper and Hormonal.

Copper IUD: This type of IUD is the most common. It works by releasing copper into the uterus, which is toxic to sperm. The copper stays in place while the IUD is inserted, preventing sperm from reaching the egg. Paraguard is a popular brand of Copper IUD, and it can provide up to ten years of contraception.

Hormonal IUD: The Hormonal IUD releases levonorgestrel, which is a form of progestin. The hormones released by the IUD prevent sperm from reaching the egg. While both types of IUDs are highly effective, the Hormonal IUD has been found to be slightly more effective. It can provide up to five years of contraception. Mirena is a common brand of Hormonal IUD.

IUD Insertion

The IUD insertion process is simple and only takes a few minutes. A gynecologist at Castaneda OBGYN can perform the procedure in-office. Mild cramping or spotting may occur for a few days following the insertion, but these symptoms should subside. A follow-up visit with your gynecologist is recommended in the first few months after insertion to ensure that the IUD is still safely in place.

Women who have had children before may be more suited for an IUD, but any woman can use this contraceptive device. However, it’s essential to rule out any underlying health conditions in the uterus, such as sexually transmitted diseases or pelvic inflammatory disease, before the IUD is inserted.

Advantages

The IUD offers several benefits for women, including a reduction in heavy menstrual bleeding, a reduction in menstrual cramps, and a lower risk of endometrial cancer and ectopic pregnancies.

If you are considering the IUD as a form of birth control, please consult with a gynecologist at Castaneda OBGYN to weigh the pros and cons of this device.