Orange Blossom Women's Group
Board Certified OB-GYNS, Midwives & Advanced Nurse Practitioners located in New Port Richey, FL & Land O' Lakes, FL
When it comes to contraception, more and more women are choosing the intrauterine device (IUD), which is one of the most effective forms of birth control available. Reut Bardach, MD, and the all-female team at Orange Blossom Women's Group in Trinity, Florida, offer IUD placement right in their office. To learn more about the IUD or to schedule your IUD placement, call the practice or click the website scheduling tool.
IUD Placement Q & A
What is an intrauterine device (IUD)?
An IUD is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) that works from inside your body. Your provider places the T-shaped device in your uterus, and it prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation or making it impossible for sperm to fertilize your egg.
Depending on the type, an IUD may prevent pregnancy for 3-12 years. It’s one of the most effective forms of reversible birth control and almost as effective at preventing pregnancy as female sterilization, a permanent form of birth control.
What are the types of IUDs?
There are many types of IUDs. The team at Orange Blossom Women's Group uses:
Skyla is a hormonal IUD. It releases a progestin called levonorgestrel into your uterus, which thickens the cervical mucus to the point that sperm can’t reach the egg.
The Skyla IUD works for three years.
The Mirena IUD works just like the Skyla IUD. However, once implanted, Mirena is effective at preventing pregnancy for up to five years.
ParaGard is a non-hormonal IUD. It contains copper, which is a natural spermicide. It’s the longest-lasting IUD and can prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years.
Am I a good candidate for IUD placement?
When you come in to see the women’s health experts at Orange Blossom Women's Group to discuss your contraception options, your provider talks to you about the IUD, and together determine if it’s a good choice for you.
Most women, regardless of age or background, are good candidates for IUDs. The device is even safe for women with a history of:
- Pelvic surgery
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
You may not be a good candidate for IUD placement if you have an abnormal uterus or an ongoing pelvic infection. IUDs are also contraindicated in pregnant women.
What can I expect during IUD placement?
When you come in for a consultation, your provider at Orange Blossom Women's Group reviews the details of what you can expect during your IUD placement. The team performs your procedure in the office, and it takes no more than five minutes.
During your IUD placement, your provider uses a speculum to open your vagina and then inserts the IUD using a specialized inserting tool. The IUD is placed into your uterus through your cervix.
You may experience mild cramping and spotting after placement, but these side effects usually resolve quickly.
Most women report a lighter period after placement of an IUD. Some women even stop menstruating altogether.
To schedule your IUD placement, call Orange Blossom Women's Group or book online today.
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