Choosing a birth control method is a very personal process. When you want birth control that’s effective and long-term, but easily reversible, consider an intrauterine device, or IUD, a tiny device placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy. At The Women’s Center, with eight convenient locations in Orlando, St. Cloud, Altamonte Springs, Oviedo, Ocoee, and Celebration, Florida, the team of expert OB/GYNs can help you determine whether an IUD is right for your birth control needs. Call one of the offices or book an appointment online to find out more.
An IUD is a long-term, reversible, effective method of birth control. An IUD is made from flexible plastic shaped like a “T” and is inserted inside your uterus.
Hormonal IUDs use progestin to prevent pregnancy. Progestin thickens your mucus, blocking the sperm from reaching an egg and sometimes even stopping eggs from leaving your ovaries. Copper IUDs repel sperm so they can’t reach an egg.
When inserted by a professional such as those at The Women’s Center, IUDs are 99% effective for 3-12 years, depending on the type you choose. It requires no maintenance.
If you want to get pregnant sooner than the IUD expires, you can. When the IUD is removed — even before its expiration — you’re able to get pregnant almost right away.
No. Only male and female condoms offer some protection against sexually transmitted disease. If you’re sexually active with multiple partners or your partner has multiple partners, use a condom as an extra layer of protection in addition to your IUD.
If you’ve had unprotected sex and fear pregnancy, a copper IUD (ParaGard®) can be inserted within five days to prevent pregnancy. You can leave the copper IUD in place to stay protected from future unwanted pregnancies.
Your provider at The Women’s Center inserts the IUD through your vagina and into your uterus. You may experience some mild cramping or pain during insertion, but the process is short and medicine alleviates discomfort.
IUDs may be inserted at any point during your menstrual cycle, and you can have sexual intercourse right after getting one. Most women feel fine and can resume their regular activities, but others may want to take it easy for a day due to dizziness and cramping. Some spotting can occur for a few months following insertion, but it usually resolves on its own.
You can check on your IUD by reaching into your cervix to detect a string about 1-2 inches long. Don’t tug on the string or you risk dislodging your IUD.
To learn more about IUD options for birth control, call The Women’s Center today or book an appointment online.