• Why an Increasing Number of Women Are Choosing the IUD for Their Birth Control

    on Dec 12th, 2018

When it comes to family planning and preventing an unintended pregnancy, women have many birth control options. While most women choose the pill as their form of birth control, the use of the intrauterine device (IUD) is on the rise.

North Texas OB/GYN offers women all methods of birth control for pregnancy prevention, but we want you to know why more and more women are choosing the IUD over other options.

What is an IUD?

An IUD is a T-shaped, flexible device placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy. It works by altering the movement of sperm so it can’t reach the egg for fertilization. Depending on the type of IUD you choose, it can keep you from getting pregnant for up to 12 years.

Types of IUDs include:

Hormonal

Hormonal IUDs contain progestin, which is a hormone your body naturally produces. The hormonal IUD prevents pregnancy by thickening the mucus in your cervix, which inhibits the movement of sperm, and by preventing your body from dropping an egg for fertilization, also known as ovulation. Depending on the brand you choose, a hormonal IUD is effective for two to seven years.

Non-hormonal

Non-hormonal IUD is wrapped in copper, which is a metal that alters the movement of sperm, preventing it from reaching the egg for fertilization. Non-hormonal IUDs can prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years.

Both hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs are equally effective, and we can help you determine which method makes the most sense for you.

Set and forget

An IUD is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, making it one of the most reliable forms of birth control. One of the primary reasons it’s so effective is because after your provider inserts the IUD, there’s nothing left for you to do. Unlike the pill, you don’t have to worry if you forget to take it. Once the IUD is in your uterus, it prevents pregnancy 24 hours a day, seven days a week without any further effort on your part.

However, while an IUD is very effective at preventing pregnancy, it can’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. If you’re sexually active with multiple partners, you may want to use condoms in addition to your IUD to prevent an infection.

Easily reversible

Whether you’re not ready to have a baby right now or you’re strategically planning your next pregnancy, an IUD may be the best choice for you. In addition to being very effective at preventing pregnancy, an IUD is easily reversible. Once your provider removes your IUD with a simple procedure that takes only a few minutes, your fertility goes right back to normal. After stopping the pill, it takes some women up to a year to get pregnant.

Improve menstrual symptoms

If you struggle with monthly menstrual cramps or a heavy flow, an IUD may improve your menstrual symptoms. While some women experience an increase in cramping and bleeding during the first few months after placement of an IUD, after the adjustment, you may enjoy fewer cramps and a lighter flow. Some women may stop getting their period all-together.

 

Choosing the right birth control for you depends on many factors, including your future pregnancy plans, health, and age. The women’s health experts at North Texas OB/GYN can help you determine if an IUD is the best choice for you. Contact our Plano, Texas, office today.

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