The intrauterine device (IUD) is one of the most effective forms of birth control. The reason it’s so effective is because once it’s in place, there’s nothing else you need to do. If you’re thinking about an IUD for birth control, Sumeeta Nanda, MD, FACOG, and Hoda Maarouf, MD, FACOG, of Women's Preventive Healthcare can help with IUD placement. To schedule your appointment for IUD placement, call the office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or book an appointment online today.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped device your provider at Women's Preventive Healthcare places in your uterus to prevent pregnancy. It’s a type of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) and can prevent pregnancy for 3-10 years.
There are two types of IUDs: hormonal and nonhormonal.
A hormonal IUD contains the hormone progestin. This device prevents pregnancy by thickening the mucus in your cervix to halt the movement of sperm, thinning the lining of your uterus to prevent implantation of an egg, and suppressing ovulation.
The hormonal IUDs offered by Women's Preventive Healthcare include Mirena® and Skyla®.
A nonhormonal IUD is made from copper, which is a natural sperm repellant. It prevents pregnancy by preventing sperm from fertilizing your egg.
Paragard® is the nonhormonal IUD offered at Women's Preventive Healthcare.
IUD placement is quick and painless. During your appointment, you lie on the exam table with your feet up, similar to what you’d expect during your pelvic exam.
Your provider inserts a speculum in your vagina and cleans the vagina and cervix with an antiseptic agent. They place the IUD in your uterus using a special applicator.
You may feel some cramping during your IUD placement, but most women find the discomfort tolerable.
IUD placement takes about 5 minutes and can be done anytime during your menstrual cycle. You can even have an IUD placed immediately after the birth of your baby.
You may feel some cramping and lower back pain after placement of your IUD. Depending on your symptoms, your provider at Women's Preventive Healthcare may suggest you take it easy for a few days after the in-office procedure.
You may also experience continued cramping and spotting, but these symptoms resolve within 3-6 months.
You can have sex immediately following your IUD placement. Though nonhormonal IUDs are effective right away, the team recommends you use other forms of birth control for at least a week after placement of a hormonal IUD.
To schedule a consultation with the health experts at Women's Preventive Healthcare to learn more about IUD placement, call the office or book an appointment online today.