If you’re looking for long-acting, reversible, and highly effective birth control, you may want to consider an intrauterine device (IUD). Expert OB/GYN Emil Tajzoy, MD, offers several types of copper and hormonal IUD options. To find out if an IUD is the right type of birth control for you, call his office in Dallas, Texas, or book an appointment online today.
An intrauterine device is a tiny, T-shaped apparatus that fits inside your uterus. IUDs are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, making them among the most reliable methods of contraception available.
You can’t insert or remove an IUD by yourself, but Dr. Tajzoy does this with a quick, in-office procedure. IUDs offer reversible birth control, so you can get your IUD removed if you decide to get pregnant at a later time.
In addition to being effective and reversible, IUDs are long-acting. Once inserted, they provide continuous protection against pregnancy without requiring any action from you. Depending on the type you get, an IUD can prevent pregnancy for 3-10 years.
There are several types of IUDs available, and Dr. Tajzoy’s office offers all of them. The different types of IUDs include:
Paragard is a copper IUD that prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years. This is the only IUD that doesn’t release hormones into your body to prevent pregnancy. Instead, the copper from the device repels sperm.
Mirena prevents pregnancy by releasing hormones, similar to the birth control pill. This type of IUD works for up to five years. Mirena also treats heavy periods.
Kyleena is similar to Mirena, but it releases a slightly lower amount of hormones and isn’t a treatment for heavy periods. Kyleena also prevents pregnancy for up to five years.
Skyla releases an even lower dose of hormones than Mirena or Kyleena. Skyla protects against pregnancy for up to three years.
First, Dr. Tajzoy performs a physical and pelvic exam and reviews your medical history to make sure an IUD is right for you.
IUD placement takes less than five minutes and happens right in the office. While you lie on the exam table, he inserts a speculum into your vagina. Then, he uses a special inserter instrument to position the IUD in your uterus, through the opening of your cervix.
You may experience some cramping or discomfort during insertion, but taking pain-relieving medicine before your appointment usually helps. After your appointment, it’s a good idea to take it easy for the rest of the day. Cramps and spotting may continue for a day or two.
To find out if an IUD is right for you, call the office of Emil Tajzoy, MD, or book an appointment online today.