IUD Specialist

The team at North Pointe OB/GYN has helped many women who are residents of Dawsonville and Cumming in North Atlanta, Georgia. Drs. Sean J. Barrett, Gretchen Mitchell, Nancy M. Walsh, and Robert B. Barrett are all intrauterine device specialists and respected by many of their peers.

Intrauterine Device (IUD) Q & A

What is an Intrauterine Device?

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.

Are There Different Kinds of Intrauterine Devices?

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.

What Are the Benefits of an Intrauterine Device?

When compared to other types of contraception, both copper and non-copper intrauterine devices have several benefits:

  • Unlike condoms, IUDs provide long-term contraception and don’t affect intercourse
  • Unlike medication, IUDs don’t require taking a pill or replacing a patch
  • Unlike sterilization procedures, IUDs aren’t meant to be a permanent form of birth control

How Long Does Inserting an Intrauterine Device Take?

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.

Are Intrauterine Devices Covered by Health Insurance?

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.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

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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Alliant Health Plans
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Coventry Health Care
First Health
Multiplan, Inc.
United Healthcare

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