IUDs are small, T-shaped devices that fit inside your uterus and prevent pregnancy from occurring. There are different types of IUDs available, including copper ones and hormonal ones. Although they don’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, they’re highly effective at preventing pregnancy. Having an IUD can provide you with peace of mind that you won’t end up becoming pregnant if you don’t want to.
It depends on the type of IUD you have. Copper IUDs contains copper that repels sperm, which prevents it from reaching eggs. Hormonal IUDs make the mucus in your cervix thicker, so sperm can’t get through. Some also prevent your eggs from moving out of your ovaries, which means you don’t end up ovulating. Your doctor at Findlay Women’s Care will help you determine which type of IUD would work best for you.
IUDs aren’t a permanent form of birth control, but some do last for many years. Depending on which type of IUD you get, you can expect it to last between three and 12 years before needing to replace it. Your doctor will let you know how long your IUD should last.
Before your doctor inserts your IUD, you might take medicine that makes your cervix numb or opens it more. You’ll then have a speculum placed in your vagina to hold it open so that your doctor can insert the IUD. It takes about five minutes or less to do.
You might have some cramping afterward, which usually doesn’t last long. However, some women experience cramping and back pain for hours after having an IUD inserted. You might also have some spotting, which usually stops within three to six months.
IUDs are considered safe for many women, but there are potential problems you should be aware of:
If you’re interested in getting an IUD, please contact Findlay Women’s Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carmen Doty-Armstrong, Dr. Dawn Hochstettler, or Dr. Kimberlee Perkins.
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