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Is an IUD Right for You?
Every woman is unique. This includes how she responds to certain types of birth control. Did you know that there are up to fifteen methods of non-permanent contraception? Fortunately, the widespread forms birth control, including patches, condoms, traditional birth control pills, injections and IUDs, make it easy for women to find a solution that works for them.
When it comes to effectiveness, intrauterine devices rank high, proving to be more than 99% successful at preventing pregnancy! However, getting an IUD can be intimidating for some women and it’s helpful to understand what an IUD is and when it is the right option for you.
What is an IUD?
An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus by your gynecologist. This can be done in the office, without the need for sedation or anesthetic. IUDs are categorized into two broad types: hormonal and non-hormonal. Both types prevent pregnancy by inhibiting the sperm from reaching the egg. The biggest plus about IUDs is that they are long-term but also reversible.
Reasons You May Consider an IUD
An IUD is not ideal for everyone, but it is a convenient, effective and preferable solution for many women. If you can answer yes to the following questions, an IUD may be right for you:
Do you a want low-maintenance birth control?
If you have trouble remembering to take a birth control pill every day, an IUD can be an excellent choice. It is great for women with a busy lifestyle and those that don’t want to “think” about their contraception method on a daily basis.
Do you want a long-term birth control?
When you are sure you don’t want to get pregnant for several years, an IUD can be the right option. Hormonal IUDs can last between 3-6 years, while non-hormonal IUDs can last up to 12 years. Keep in mind that you can always choose to have the IUD removed if your plans change, and your fertility can return right away.
Do you prefer a birth control that ranks high in effectiveness?
According to research, IUDs fail less than 1% of the time. Hormonal IUDs fail 0.2% of the time, while the failure rate of non-hormonal IUDs is 0.8%. IUDs are among the most effective birth control methods available.
Do you struggle with heavy or painful periods?
Hormonal IUDs are known to make your periods lighter and more comfortable, which is ideal for those that have fibroids, endometriosis or other conditions that cause heavier than normal periods.
Do you want to avoid hormones?
Non-hormonal IUDs (such as the copper Paraguard) works to safely prevent pregnancy without the delivery of hormones. There is a notable number of women who cannot tolerate or do not wish to receive additional hormones as a means of contraception.
At North Pointe OB/GYN, we have skilled physicians who are ready to assist you in determining whether an IUD or another type of birth control is right for you. Please book your consult in our Cumming office today.
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