South Sound Womens Center
OB-GYNs located in Olympia, WA
With the variety of options in contraception, it’s hard to believe that one of the most highly effective methods is also among the most easy to use, long-acting, and reversible. If you’re considering an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control, the professional team of OB/GYNs at South Sound Women’s Center in Olympia, Washington, can help. To learn more about preventing pregnancy with an IUD, call or click online to schedule an appointment at South Sound Women’s Center today.
IUD Q & A
What is an IUD?
An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that fits inside your uterus. Depending on the type of IUD you get, it’s either made of soft, flexible plastic or copper. The plastic IUDs prevent pregnancy by releasing hormones similar to the ones in birth control pills. The copper IUD releases copper, which also prevents sperm from fertilizing your egg.
Your doctor at South Sound Women’s Center gently inserts the IUD into your uterus during an office visit. You can’t insert an IUD on your own, but once the device is in place, you don’t need to worry about birth control. The IUD continues to prevent pregnancy for three to 10 years, depending on the type.
What different types of IUDs are there?
The team at South Sound Women’s Center offers the following types of IUDs:
- Mirena® hormone-releasing, plastic IUD that lasts up to five years
- Kyleena® hormone-releasing, plastic IUD that lasts up to five years
- Liletta® hormone-releasing, plastic IUD that lasts up to four years
- PARAGARD® nonhormonal, copper IUD that lasts up to 10 years
Your doctor discusses the different IUD options with you and recommends the best choice for your unique needs.
How effective is an IUD at preventing pregnancy?
The IUD is one of the most effective methods of birth control available. Within the first year of use, less than 1% of women using an IUD get pregnant. Over time, IUDs are about 20 times more effective than the pill, patch, or ring. The copper IUD is also the most effective method of emergency contraception.
Other options such as the pill can be highly effective with perfect use, but humans aren’t perfect. Forgetfulness and inconsistency don’t apply to the IUD because it steadily releases hormones or copper to prevent pregnancy. You get the coverage of birth control without having to think about it.
What are the benefits of an IUD?
In addition to being highly effective, an IUD offers the following benefits:
- It’s easy to use
- No one can tell you have it
- It doesn’t interfere with sex or using tampons
- You can get pregnant once your doctor removes it
- Hormone-releasing IUDs may reduce menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding
If you’re considering an IUD for contraception, call South Sound Women’s Center to book an appointment online today.