When it comes to preventing pregnancy, the intrauterine device (IUD) is more effective than condoms, birth control pills and patches, and the birth control shot. The compassionate team at Dr. Emily Women’s Health Center located in the Longwood area of the Bronx, New York, offers many birth control options, including the IUD. To schedule a consultation to see if the IUD is for you, contact the office by phone or online booking tool today.
An IUD is a birth control device that gets inserted into your uterus. Once in place, you can’t feel it, and it protects you from pregnancy for 3-10 years.
The IUD prevents pregnancy by altering the movement of sperm so it can’t fertilize your egg. It’s one of the most effective forms of birth control, with less than one pregnancy out of every 100 users per year.
There are two primary types of IUDs: Hormonal and non-hormonal. The type for you may depend on your family planning needs and overall health.
The hormonal IUD available at Dr. Emily Women’s Health Center is called Mirena®. This IUD contains progestin, which is a hormone that causes a thickening of the mucus in your cervix, which helps stop the movement of the sperm to fertilize your egg. It takes up to a week to become effective, and once placed protects you from pregnancy for 3-5 years.
Paragard® is the non-hormonal IUD available at Dr. Emily Women’s Health Center. It’s made up of copper, which acts as a spermicide to prevent pregnancy. This type of IUD is effective immediately upon placement and protects you from pregnancy for up to 10 years.
To learn more about IUDs, contact Dr. Emily Women's Health Center today.
Your provider at Dr. Emily Women's Health Center determines if you’re a good candidate for the IUD during your consultation. The best birth control method for you may depend on your future pregnancy plans, as well as your overall health and gynecological needs.
Placement of the IUD is conducted at the office and only takes a few minutes. During insertion, your women’s health expert has you sit on the gynecological table with your knees bent.
Your specialist then uses a speculum to separate your vaginal tissue for better access to your uterus. Then, your device is implanted into your uterus using a special inserter. You may experience some cramping during the insertion process, but the side effects are usually mild and resolve quickly.
Some women experience an increase in menstrual bleeding after placement of an IUD, but these side effects usually improve within a few months.
To learn more about the IUD, contact Dr. Emily Women's Health Center by phone or online booking tool today.
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