Many women want to know that they have a serious control over becoming pregnant or not. Perhaps they are putting off starting a family until they are financially stable, perhaps they already have children and are ready to say that they are “done,” or perhaps they do not wish to become a mother. Whatever the reasoning behind choosing a dependable method of birth control, an IUD is a recommended method of contraception.
An IUD or Intrauterine Device is a small, T-shaped plastic device that is wrapped in copper or that contains hormones. The IUD is inserted into the uterus by an OBGYN during an out patient appointment. There is a plastic string tied to the end of the IUD that hangs down through the cervix into the vagina in order to make removal possible at a later time.
Both the copper IUD and the hormonal IUD prevent fertilization of the egg by damaging or killing sperm during sexual intercourse. An IUD also affects the uterine lining so that an egg cannot implant and grow. The advantages of using an IUD are very popular selling points. The fact that they protect from unwanted pregnancies for five to ten years, and the fact that they require no maintenance once inserted, make an IUD an easy choice for many women. The ideal candidates for an IUD are women who are between the children or have completed their families, however, IUDs have been proven as a safe and effective means of birth control for many women.
Talking to your OBGYN will help to answer any questions regarding the process of having an IUD used as contraception. Deciding whether an IUD is right is a personal decision, but a certified and caring OBGYN can help guide you to the best decision.
Posted on behalf of Carlos Alarcon, M.D., Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.