An intrauterine device (IUD) is a form of long-term contraception. It’s a small medical device that an OB/GYN implants in a woman’s uterus, hence the name “intrauterine device.” When the device is no longer effective or wanted, it’s taken out by a doctor.
There are two different kinds of intrauterine devices. Copper IUDs slowly and continuously release copper, which acts as a spermicide. Copper-free IUDs release progestin, which causes the cervical mucus to thicken so that sperm can’t get to the woman’s egg.
Paragard is a commonly used copper IUD. Some non-copper IUDs include Mirena and Skyla. To determine which of these or other IUDs is the best choice for them, women should talk with an OB/GYN or Midwife who can review their particular situation and health conditions.
When compared to other types of contraception, both copper and non-copper intrauterine devices have several benefits:
Putting an intrauterine device in place is a quick procedure that is typically done right at a doctor’s office. It doesn’t take long at all, and women are usually able to immediately return to their regular duites after the device has been inserted.
Many health insurance plans provide full coverage for contraceptives, including intrauterine devices. All policies have terms and conditions that define their particular coverages, though, so women should review their particular policy’s paperwork to find out whether their plan includes coverage for IUDs.
At North Pointe OB/GYN, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.
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