When it comes to birth control methods, there are a wide variety of options to choose from, ranging from condoms and pills to implants, patches and more. Intrauterine devices (called IUDs) continue to be a popular choice for preventing pregnancy. Getting an IUD involves a brief office visit so that your gynecologist can insert the device. IUDs come in different types, either a copper IUD (without hormones) or a hormonal IUD (which can include several different brands with varying levels of hormone release). If you are considering an IUD to prevent pregnancy, it is important to know all the pros and cons of this method. While IUDs aren’t right for every woman, here are some common reasons why an IUD may be best for you:
You can’t seem to remember to take your birth control pill every day. Convenience is leading reason why women choose an IUD. Unlike a birth control pill that you must remember to take, you won’t have to worry with your IUD on a daily basis. You won’t even have to remember to fill a prescription. Simply perform a self-check once a month to be sure your IUD is still in place, and you’re good to go!
You don’t want to get pregnant in the near future. Depending on which one you choose, IUDs can remain effective from 3 years to 10 years. While you can always remove the IUD if you decide to get pregnant earlier, it is an ideal birth control solution for those that are wanting to avoid having kids for the next several years.
You could use some improvement in your menstrual flow. Many hormonal IUDs will lighten your menstrual flow and reduce cramping. Some women even experience a complete cessation of their period. Express your concerns to your gynecologist if this is one of your goals for an IUD.
You want a highly effective birth control method. Since there is no room for error on your part, an IUD is considered a leader in effectiveness when it comes to preventing pregnancy.
You want a birth control method that is safe for breastfeeding.
Many women choose an IUD soon after they have a baby. An IUD can be a perfect choice for a couple of reasons during this time. First, most new moms are confidently opposed to getting pregnant again right away and want a convenient but effective method. Second, IUDs are safe during breastfeeding!
North Pointe OB/GYN proudly offers a full menu of options for contraception. For IUDS, we offer the most proven brands, such as Paragard for copper IUDs and Mirena for hormonal IUDs. If you’d like to learn more or determine if an IUD is best for you, please contact our office today to schedule a consult.