If you’re looking for long-acting, highly effective birth control, you may want to consider an IUD. Marvin Davis, MD, FACOG and Christine Richards, MD, FACOG at Capital Women's Care Howard County located in Fulton, MD, provide IUD counseling and insertion. To find out if an IUD it the right contraception for you, call Capital Women’s Care, or book an appointment online today.
An intrauterine device (IUD), is a small, T-shaped appliance that fits inside your uterus. IUDs offer long-term, reversible, and reliable birth control by preventing sperm from fertilizing your egg.
Although IUDs are very effective and convenient, they aren’t for everyone. Your OB/GYN at Capital Women’s Care must insert and remove an IUD for you in the office. Before you get an IUD, they evaluate your condition to determine whether an IUD is right for you.
There are five different FDA-approved brands of IUDs available in the U.S. These five brands fit into two categories based on the way they prevent pregnancy.
These IUDs prevent pregnancy by releasing hormones, similar to the way birth control pills work. Hormonal IUDs work for three to five years depending on the specific brand. Mirena®, Kyleena®, Liletta®, and Skyla® are all hormonal IUD brands.
ParaGard® is the only IUD that uses copper instead of hormones to prevent pregnancy. Copper IUDs work for up to 12 years.
An IUD is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, making it one of the most effective birth control options available. Although other methods claim to be 99% effective with perfect use, it’s uncommon to use birth control perfectly.
Once your OB/GYN at Capital Women’s Care inserts your IUD, you don’t have to do anything for it to remain effective. This makes it more reliable than the pill, which you may forget to take at the right time.
ParaGard is also the most effective method of emergency contraception. If you get it within five days of having unprotected sex, the copper IUD is over 99.9% effective at preventing pregnancy.
IUDs offer many advantages over other types of birth control, such as:
You can’t insert an IUD by yourself, but your friendly provider at Capital Women’s Care does it in only a few minutes. After they insert your IUD, your provider continues to monitor it when you come in for routine pelvic exams. If your IUD falls out partially or all the way, your OB/GYN needs to re-insert it for you.
To learn more about getting an IUD, call or click online to schedule an appointment at Capital Women’s Care.