An intrauterine device (IUD) is one of the safest and most effective forms of birth control, providing long-term pregnancy prevention. At Roswell ObGyn, LLC, the experienced team works with you to determine whether an IUD is the right type of contraception and, if so, which form best suits your needs. With clinics in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, and Cumming, Georgia, the team offers convenient locations for every woman. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about IUDs.
An IUD is a long-term form of birth control that the Roswell ObGyn, LLC team places inside your uterus. This small, t-shaped device eliminates the need to take daily pills, insertable rings, or regular injections. Once inserted, an IUD can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.
The treatment is reversible, so you can choose to remove it at any time if you want to get pregnant or try another type of contraception.
There are two main types of IUDs:
Also known as the nonhormonal IUD, this copper device prevents fertilization by releasing copper ions that create an inflammatory response in the uterus. Without fertilization, you can’t get pregnant. A copper IUD can remain in place for up to a decade.
A hormonal IUD releases small amounts of the hormone progestin into the uterus. It thickens your cervical mucus to inhibit sperm movement and thins the uterine lining, making it harder for a fertilized egg to implant. The device can stay in place for up to five years.
IUDs offer many benefits compared to oral contraceptives, the birth control shot, vaginal rings, and other forms of birth control, such as:
You can even use a copper or hormonal IUD while breastfeeding. After a comprehensive evaluation, the team can determine whether an IUD is right for you.
Inserting an IUD typically takes about five minutes. First, the team reviews your medical history and performs a pelvic exam. Next, they use a speculum to open the vaginal walls and insert the device into your uterus. You can typically get an IUD at any time during your menstrual cycle, even after childbirth.
Hormonal and nonhormonal IUDs typically carry different side effects. You may feel mild pain, discomfort, and cramping immediately after insertion. Both types of IUDs can cause spotting in between periods and irregular menstruation. While a hormonal IUD may cause back pain, the nonhormonal option can lead to heavy periods.
If you’re interested in getting an IUD, talk to the experts at Roswell ObGyn, LLC. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.