Family Centered OB offers gynecologic services that include placing IUDs.

What is an IUD?

IUD stands for intrauterine device. It is a small flexible device that is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy and is about an inch long and is T-shaped. It prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching and fertilizing eggs.

IUDs are long-acting reversible birth control. They are safe and effective for adolescents and those who have not previously had children. They are also effective for women who have already given birth and can be placed soon after giving birth. Once removed, even after long-term use, fertility returns to normal rapidly. They’re especially suited to women with one partner and at low risk of contracting an STD because IUDs don’t protect against STDs.

Benefits of IUDs:

They last for 5 to 10 years.
They are reversible
Highly effective
You don’t have to remember a pill every day.
One cost

Hormonal intrauterine devices

Hormonal intrauterine devices have a failure rate of about 0.2%.   These stands for intrauterine devices may reduce menstrual bleeding or stop menstruation altogether. Women may have spotting and light cramping for several months after placement.  Cramping can be treated with ibuprofen or Aleve. IUDs do not affect breastfeeding. Hormonal IUDs are considered safe unless you have liver disease, breast cancer, or are at a high risk for breast cancer.

Copper intrauterine devices

Copper intrauterine devices have a failure rate of about 0.8%. They are a non-hormonal option.  It can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.  Sometimes copper IUDs can increase menstrual bleeding and cramps.  You can’t use the copper IUD if you have an allergy to copper or have Wilson’s disease, which causes your body to hold too much copper.

Intrauterine devices, not recommended if:

You have an STD
You’re pregnant
You had a recent pelvic infection
You’ve been diagnosed with cancer of the cervix or uterus
You have unexplained vaginal bleeding