Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are a highly effective form of birth control for women who aren’t ready to have children. If you’re considering birth control of any kind, particularly an IUD, contact Dr. Aiman Shilad of One Oak Medical. Dr. Shilad practices at the offices in Wayne, Paramus, and Clifton, New Jersey, and can help you learn more about IUDs so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.
IUD Q & A
What is an IUD?
An intrauterine device is one of the most effective forms of birth control available. Fully reversible, it involves the implantation of a tiny device into your uterus. IUDs are approved by the FDA and sold under five different brand names.
All IUDs prevent sperm from reaching an egg and fertilizing it. They may use copper, which repels sperm, or hormones that thicken the mucus to trap the sperm and may prevent an egg from leaving the ovaries in the first place.
The type of IUD that’s best for you depends largely on your preferences and health. Dr. Shilad can help you understand the pros and cons of each type of IUD so you can determine the right option for your needs.
How long do IUDs work?
IUDs protect you from pregnancy for anywhere from three to 12 years, depending on the brand. They do not permanently protect you from pregnancy, and if you decide you do want to get pregnant, you can have your IUD removed and be able to conceive almost immediately as long as you’re fertile.
How effective are IUDs?
IUDs are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, making them one of the most reliable birth control options available.
They’re also mistake-proof. You can’t forget to take it, as is the case with the pill, and you can’t use it incorrectly, like with condoms.
IUDs are available for women of all ages who are sexually active and want to prevent pregnancy. They don’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and HPV, however.
How is an IUD inserted?
An IUD is inserted during a minor surgical procedure. Dr. Shilad dilates your cervix and passes the IUD through your cervical canal until it reaches your uterus.
While most people tolerate the procedure, it can cause mild cramping that feels like menstrual pain.
Learn more about the ease and convenience of one of the most effective birth control methods available, the IUD, by booking an appointment online or calling the nearest One Oak Medical office in Wayne, Paramus, or Clifton, New Jersey.