Why So Many Women Are Choosing IUDs for Their Birth Control

Convenience and reliability are the two things most women look for in birth control. IUDs are becoming increasingly popular among women for those reasons and others! Knowing how IUDs work, and why their benefits make them a great option for pregnancy prevention can help you make an informed choice about your reproductive health care. 

At Women's First GYN on Hampton Roads in Chesapeake, Virginia, Dr. Margie Corney and her associates partner with women to find solutions that work for them. Our team provides compassionate care, intrauterine devices, and advice to help determine which birth control option is for you. How you prevent pregnancy is a personal choice, and IUDs can provide long-term coverage. 

IUDs are convenient 

Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are small T-shaped devices. They're inserted inside the uterus to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Your doctor can put an IUD in place in a single office visit, and they start working almost immediately. 

Once in place, you won’t even notice your IUD is there. Finally, you can stop having to remember to take a pill every day. Best of all, depending on the one you select, your IUD can remain in place anywhere between three-12 years. 

There are two kinds of IUDs

There are two kinds of IUDs available. One form uses hormones and one doesn’t.

Hormonal intrauterine devices prevent pregnancy by either stopping your ovaries from releasing eggs or by thickening your cervical mucus. 

Hormone-free IUDs are made of copper, which is a natural spermicide. When exposed to copper, sperm can't move, which keeps them from fertilizing your eggs.

While IUDs are more than 99% effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy, they don’t offer protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

IUDs work almost immediately 

You can get a hormonal IUD at any point during your menstrual cycle. But, if it's placed within seven days of your period, it's effective immediately. At any other point, you should use an additional form of birth control for at least one week. Copper IUDs won’t be effective until five days have passed, so you should wait a little while before having any unprotected sex. 

If you decide to have your IUD removed, the process is usually easy. It typically only takes a quick office visit to remove it, and you can become pregnant as soon as it's out. Unlike hormonal birth control pills, there's no delay before you're fertile again.  

IUDs have several benefits

Side effects are one of the primary concerns when choosing birth control. Intrauterine devices don’t have as many side effects as other birth controls. Hormone-releasing IUDs can even alleviate severe menstrual symptoms. Not to mention, some women with IUDs experience lighter periods or no menstruation at all. 

If you're interested in getting an IUD, you can contact our office by calling 757-645-0294 or requesting an appointment online

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