Complete Healthcare for Women
OB/GYNs located in Loxahatchee, FL
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a long-term, but easily reversible, birth control option that meets the family planning needs of many women. If you’re considering having an IUD placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy, consult the expert OB/GYNs at Complete Healthcare for Women in Wellington, Florida. Call for an appointment or schedule one online to find out more about your IUD options and whether it’s the right birth control for you.
IUD Q & A
What is an IUD?
An intrauterine device, or IUD, is an effective method of birth control. The device is made from flexible plastic, shaped just like a “T.” A doctor inserts it into your uterus to prevent pregnancy.
Different types of IUDs are available. Hormonal IUDs use progestin to prevent pregnancy. This hormone thickens your cervical mucus so sperm can’t travel to meet an egg. The hormone even prevents eggs from leaving your ovaries.
Copper IUDs, such as ParaGard®, repel sperm so they can’t reach an egg.
How effective are IUDs in preventing pregnancy?
IUDs should always be inserted by a professional, such as those at Complete Healthcare for Women. They are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and protect you for the long-term. An IUD is effective for 3-12 years, depending on the type you choose. Plus, it requires no maintenance. That means it’s inserted and you can forget about it.
IUDs can be replaced when their effectiveness runs out. Keep track of when you had yours implanted so you can have it removed and replaced when necessary.
IUDs are completely reversible, too. If you do want to get pregnant sooner than it expires, simply ask to have it removed and you can conceive almost right away.
Do IUDs protect me against STDs?
IUDs do not protect you against STDs. Only male and female condoms offer some protection against diseases spread through sexual contact. If you have multiple partners or a partner with multiple partners, use a condom as an extra layer of protection. Condoms aren’t as reliable as an IUD in preventing pregnancy, so the double protection is recommended.
How do IUDs provide emergency contraception?
A copper IUD can be inserted within five days of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. The IUD can remain inserted to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the future, too.
What is it like to get an IUD?
An IUD insertion is performed as a simple in-office procedure. Your provider at Complete Healthcare for Women inserts the IUD through your vagina and into your uterus. The process is mostly pain-free, but you may have some mild cramping during insertion. An IUD can be inserted at any point during your menstrual cycle.
You can have intercourse right after getting an IUD and resume other regular activities. Spotting may occur for a few months following insertion.
You can check your IUD by reaching into your cervix for a string that’s about 1-2 inches long. You can easily feel the string to ensure your IUD is in place. Don’t tug on the string, or you might dislodge the device. If the string is missing or undetectable, contact the office so the team at Complete Healthcare for Women can make sure your IUD hasn’t dislodged and put the string back in place.
For expert insertion and removal of IUDs, call Complete Healthcare for Women or schedule an appointment online.