Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, have been used by women for birth control for decades. Although there are many other types of contraceptives available, many can have serious side effects and are often inconvenient for those who are not planning a pregnancy in the near future. These devices are inserted into the uterus, and offer many benefits over their oral or barrier-type counterparts.
Ideal Candidates for IUDs
IUDs offer contraceptive protection for women who are looking for birth control for several months or years, without the need for daily maintenance. IUDs may be used for 3-10 years once in place, making them ideal for many women who are not planning a pregnancy in the foreseeable future. There is no need to take a pill, or any additional steps before having intercourse, to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Some of the ideal candidates for an IUD include:
- Women who cannot take oral contraceptives due to medical conditions or severe side effects
- Women who are looking for a long-lasting birth control method
- Those who want a simple and easy to use contraceptive
- Women who want an affordable birth control option
Since IUDs are only inserted once every few years, they take very little time, money or effort once they are in place. For most women, they offer fewer side effects than taking an oral contraceptive plus require no planning to prevent pregnancy.
Choosing a birth control method is a very personal decision which should be made with the help of an experienced OB/GYN physician. Talk to your doctor about the benefits of an IUD versus other contraceptive options to determine whether an IUD is the right choice for you and your lifestyle.
Posted on behalf of
North Point OB/GYN Associates
1505 Northside Boulevard #3500
Cumming, GA 30041
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