Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) in Laguna Hills, CA
Many women recoil at the thought of having to take a birth control pill each day. What's more, fear can strike when a woman forgets to take the pill, potentially altering the effectiveness of her birth control method. The truth is, a woman may cycle through several different birth control methods—from the pill to the patch to shots and many other methods—only to feel dissatisfaction with her choice.
Fortunately, if you are one of many women who seek a birth control solution that better fits your lifestyle and healthcare needs, an intrauterine device (IUD) could be the birth control method you need. An intrauterine device is a small, t-shaped device which fits inside the uterus and prevents sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg.
As a long-term contraceptive solution, IUDs are inserted into the uterus by a healthcare professional and can last up to 10 years. Shown to be 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, it is considered hassle-free by many women who no longer wish to deal with the daily, monthly or yearly nuisances of birth control. Yet, if your birth control needs change with time, an IUD can easily be removed by your healthcare provider.
To schedule a consultation with a qualified women's health professional in Laguna Hills who can discuss your birth control options with you, call (949) 829-4929 or contact Dr. Angelika Priestley online.
Types of IUDs
Depending upon your unique health circumstances, your healthcare provider may recommend one of two types of IUDs:
Made out of soft but durable plastic, hormonal IUDs release a small amount of levonorgestrel—the synthetic hormone progestin found in many birth control pills—which causes cervical mucus to thicken to keep the sperm from reaching the uterus; it can also keep the ovaries from releasing an egg altogether. There are currently 4 brands of hormonal IUDs available in the United States: Kyleena™, Liletta®, Mirena® and Skyla®. Depending on the brand, hormonal IUDs can last 3-5 years.
Made out of soft but durable plastic and natural copper, a non-hormonal IUD relies on an immune response to prevent pregnancy by interfering with sperm movement and egg fertilization. There is currently 1 non-hormonal IUD available in the United States: ParaGard®. It can help to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.
Benefits of IUDs
While each birth control method carries its own list of benefits, IUD benefits include:
- Highly effective, safe and reversible
- Eliminates the need to remember to take your birth control
- Safely used in women of all ages, including teens, women who have not given birth and breastfeeding mothers
- One time insertion and one time cost (considered the most cost-effective form of birth control)
- Lighter periods
- Less painful menstrual cramps
- Once IUD is removed, your reproductive abilities return quickly
What to Expect During Your IUD Insertion
Your healthcare provider will first discuss your birth control options with you to ensure the IUD is the best birth control method for your needs. A pelvic exam is required prior to an IUD insertion in which your vagina, cervix and uterus are examined. You may receive testing for pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) prior to your insertion.
An IUD is only available by prescription and is inserted by a healthcare professional in his/her medical office. You may be given medication to help open the cervix to make the insertion easier. For the actual insertion, a speculum is inserted into your vagina and the IUD is implanted through the opening of your cervix into your uterus. The entire insertion process typically takes under 5 minutes. Mild cramping and pain may occur but only lasts a few minutes. An IUD can be implanted at any time of the month, regardless of your menstrual cycle.
The ParaGard® non-hormonal IUD provides immediate contraceptive upon its insertion. Hormonal IUDs provide pregnancy protection 7 days after insertion, unless it is inserted within 7 days of the start of your period, in which case it is effective immediately. Your healthcare provider will give you instructions to check your IUD the first few weeks following its insertion to make sure it is still in its proper place. This placement is also verified at your yearly gynecological exam.
It is important to still use condoms to protect against sexually transmitted diseases as the IUD will not protect you against their transmission.
IUD Side Effects
Each woman can have a different experience from an IUD insertion. For some, there are no side effects; for others, cramping, backaches or spotting may occur in the days that follow their insertion and may last up to 6 months.
Serious problems with an IUD are extremely rare but can occur such as infection, an IUD puncturing the uterine wall during insertion or an IUD slipping out of place. If an IUD partially or fully slips out of place, a woman is able to get pregnant, and the IUD must be removed to avoid further complications.
Take Control of Your Reproductive Health
Intrauterine devices give you peace of mind. They are safe, effective, convenient and an option many women now seek out as their preferred birth control method. If you are interested in a long-term, cost-effective birth control, contact a women's health specialist in Laguna Hills who specializes in intrauterine devices. Call (949) 829-4929 or contact Dr. Angelika Priestley online. to get started today.
Orange Coast Women's Medical Group
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Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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