OB/GYN, obstetrics, gynecology

What you need to know about IUDs

When making a decision about method of birth control, you face a number of choices today. One popular birth control is an IUD, an intrauterine device.  IUDs are placed into the uterus by a Signature Medical Group OB/GYN or nurse.

Most women have accidentally missed a day of taking the pill or not taken it consistently at the same time, making “the pill” less effective.  Because of human error, the less you have to do, the more effective the birth control method tends to be.  With an IUD, you don’t have to think about birth control every day or even every year.  An IUD can last several years, but usually takes less than five minutes to be nonsurgically inserted.  Some patients may experience cramps or a little pain, but it doesn’t last long and over the counter medicine can help.

You can have sex as soon as you want after getting an IUD. You might need to use a backup method of birth control (such as condoms) until the IUD starts to work. Whether you’re protected against pregnancy right away depends on what type of IUD you get and when it’s inserted.

An IUD is only one method of contraception. If you are trying to decide which method is right for you, your Signature physician can help. Make an appointment today so you can discuss this important decision with our team of OB/GYN specialists.