Are you considering a new contraceptive option, but you’re not sure which type is right for you? Although 25% of women rely on birth control pills, more and more women are forgoing daily pills in lieu of an intrauterine device (IUD). IUDs are T-shaped devices that are placed into your uterus and provide long-term protection against pregnancy.
Our team of board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists at OBGYN Westside PLLC, are on a mission to optimize women’s reproductive health on the Upper West Side of New York City. That’s why we proudly offer a variety of contraceptive options, including IUDs.
Let’s take a look at the top five reasons more women are choosing an IUD for their birth control.
1. IUDs are effective
IUDs are one of the most effective types of birth control. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), IUDs are 20% more effective than pills, patches, and rings.
2. IUDs are reversible
IUDs fall into the long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) category. This means that, while they are extremely effective, they are also reversible. Each IUD lasts for years, but if or when you decide you’re ready to start a family, you can have your IUD removed at any time. Removing an IUD only requires a quick visit to our office. No downtime needed!
3. IUDs are long-lasting
IUDs can last for years, but the specific duration depends on which type of IUD you receive. For example, copper IUDs last up to 12 years, while hormonal IUDs last anywhere from 3-7 years.
4. IUDs don’t require any maintenance on your end
One of the downfalls of hormonal birth control pills is that the pills are only reliable if taken regularly. Changes in schedules, rotating work shifts, and even daily stress can contribute to missed (or delayed) pills. With an IUD, there’s no daily pill to take, no monthly patch to swap out 一 it’s a truly maintenance-free birth control option.
5. IUD Insertion does not have to be painful
Although you’ll need to come to our office, the insertion process is easy. Your OBGYN Westside provider uses an applicator tube to insert the IUD through your cervix and into your uterus. Once the applicator tube is in place, the IUD is released. After it’s placed, we trim the strings so they extend just past your cervix.
The process is straightforward, but some women may feel more cramping than others. Your comfort is our number one priority, which is why we’re happy to offer local anesthesia as well as nitrous oxide 一 otherwise known as laughing gas 一 to keep you relaxed and comfortable during your quick placement procedure. Just ask!
Choosing the right IUD
There are many types and brands of IUDs, including both hormonal and non-hormonal (copper) versions. Before getting started with any type of birth control, your provider at OBGYN Westside discusses your family planning goals, your overall health, and your personal preferences. We make sure you have all of the information to make the best decision for you and your needs.
To find out which type of IUD is right for you, call our office to schedule your IUD consultation today. You can also book an appointment online anytime.