IUD Q & A
What is an intrauterine device (IUD)?
An IUD is a long-term birth control device that Dr. Martin inserts into your uterus. It is T-shaped and may work in several ways to prevent pregnancy from occurring, including making the uterus inhospitable to sperm and the fertilization process.
There are several types of IUDs and some conditions under which an IUD is not the best option. Dr. Martin helps you determine if an IUD is a viable birth control option for you.
What are some of my IUD options?
Dr. Martin offers two types of hormone-releasing IUDs. A hormone-releasing IUD continually releases a small amount of hormone into your bloodstream, making this form of birth control around 99% effective for prevention of pregnancy.
Mirena is a hormone-releasing IUD that is effective for five years. This option is only for women who have had at least one child. Mirena is also sometimes used for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding. You can have Dr. Martin remove it whenever you are ready to get pregnant.
Skyla is a hormone-releasing IUD that is effective for three years. This option is available for women who may or may not have had a child. Dr. Martin can remove this IUD whenever you are ready to get pregnant.
What else should I know about IUDs?
Choosing to use an IUD for birth control is a big decision. Dr. Martin is happy to discuss with you any concerns you have or answer any questions before you decide if this long-term birth control is the right option for you. There are a few things that are helpful to know about the placement and care of your device.
The placement of your hormone-releasing IUD requires a medical professional like Dr. Martin, but it takes only a few moments.
Recovery from the placement of your device should be minimal. You may experience cramping, bleeding, or dizziness, but these side effects should not last more than 30 minutes after placement. If they do, please contact Dr. Martin.
Dr. Martin shows you how to check for proper placement of your device because it must remain in place for your safety and for its effectiveness as birth control. You check placement by checking for the strings of your device each month. If your IUD comes out, contact the office for an appointment, and use other forms of birth control.
If you decide you want to get pregnant, do not attempt to remove the device yourself. To prevent injury, Dr. Martin must remove it. Once the device is removed, you can get pregnant immediately.
Dr. Martin appreciates that preventing and planning for pregnancy is a personal choice that is important to you. He is proud to offer compassionate care and effective options for whichever birth control method you choose.
If you would like to discuss the placement of an IUD, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Martin today.