An intrauterine device (IUD) is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC). It makes a good choice for women who want an effective, long-term birth control option. The highly experienced team at Women’s Care of Beverly Hills performs IUD placement. To schedule a birth control consultation to find out more about IUD placement, call the office in Beverly Hills or Redondo Beach, California, or book online today.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a type of long-acting reversible birth control. It’s a T-shaped device your OB/GYN at Women's Care of Beverly Hills places in your uterus to prevent pregnancy.
There are two types of IUDs:
Hormonal IUDs contain progestin, the same hormone found in birth control pills. This thins the endometrial lining of the uterus and can benefit people with problems with heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding. The hormonal IUD stops sperm from reaching the egg.
Non-hormonal IUDs contain copper, which is a natural spermicide. This type of birth control works by preventing sperm from reaching the egg.
IUDs are an effective, hassle-free form of birth control with few side effects. However, improper insertion may lead to an infection or pain. The trained professionals at Women's Care of Beverly Hills can properly place your IUD to minimize the risk of complications.
Your provider at Women's Care of Beverly Hills tells you when you should schedule your IUD placement following your birth control consultation. IUD placement can occur at any time, including right after birth, an abortion, or a miscarriage.
The team may recommend you take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication before placement of your IUD to reduce discomfort. They also offer other pain management strategies such as iv sedation or nitronox.
The team performs IUD placement at the office. The procedure only takes a few minutes. While you sit back on the exam table with your knees bent, your OB/GYN places a speculum into your vagina to open the cervix and access your uterus.
Your OB/GYN places your IUD into an applicator tube, inserts the tube through the speculum and cervix, and into your uterus. Your provider releases the IUD from the applicator and removes the applicator. The entire process is monitored by an ultrasound so your provider can assure proper placement of your IUD.
IUDs have a thin string that hangs unnoticeably into the cervix and vagina.
You may feel some cramping during IUD placement, but most women tolerate the procedure without any significant problems.
You may have some cramping and spotting following IUD placement. It’s also not uncommon to have irregular bleeding for the first few months.
Some IUDs are immediately effective, while others may take up to a week to work.
Once in place, IUDs can prevent pregnancy anywhere from 3-10 years. However, you can get them removed at any time. Your fertility returns to normal once your IUD is removed.
To schedule your IUD placement at Women's Care of Beverly Hills, call the office or book an appointment online today.