OB-GYN Associates PC
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Cedar Rapids, IA
If you plan to have children in the future but aren’t quite ready yet, using an IUD can help. The experienced medical team at OB-GYN Associates PC are uniquely qualified to place IUDs or recommend other birth control methods to prevent pregnancy. Call their office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to learn more or book an appointment online today.
IUD Q & A
What is an IUD?
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a T-shaped device placed inside your uterus by your gynecologist. This plastic device has a small string attached to the end of it, which hangs down into your upper vagina. IUDs contain either copper or synthetic progesterone hormone that prevents pregnancy.
IUDs work by changing the conditions inside your uterus to make sperm immobile or altering your uterine lining to prevent fertilized eggs from implanting. When an IUD is removed by your doctor using the string attached to it, you’ll be able to get pregnant if you choose to do so.
Different brands of IUDs include:
Your gynecologist helps determine which type of IUD best matches your needs. IUDs have failure rates of less than 1% — which means out of every 100 IUD users, less than one become pregnant. IUDs may last up to 10 years.
How are IUDs placed?
Inserting an IUD is a noninvasive, nonsurgical procedure your gynecologist performs right in their office. First, your doctor washes your cervix with an antiseptic solution. They then slide a tube containing the IUD through your vagina up into your uterus.
The tube is then removed, leaving the IUD in place with strings dangling down outside the cervix. IUD placement often takes less than five minutes to complete.
Are there any side effects or risks from IUDs?
As with many forms of birth control, there may be risks and side effects associated with IUDs during and after the procedure, such as:
- Cramping or discomfort
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Cramps or backaches after the procedure
- Mood changes
- Breast tenderness
- Increased bleeding during menstruation (with copper IUDs)
- Increased risk of pelvic infections
You might not be a good candidate for an IUD if you have a history of cervical or uterine cancer, unexplained vaginal bleeding, pelvic inflammatory disease, a history of ectopic pregnancy, or a sexually transmitted disease such as chlamydia or gonorrhea.
Your provider helps determine if an IUD is right for you. To learn more, call OB-GYN Associates PC today or book an appointment online.
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