Taking charge of fertility starts with a good birth control plan. For women who want birth control they don't have to think about, an IUD is a great choice. This provides long-term birth control that's fully reversible, providing the freedom of family planning that busy modern women crave. Dr. Kompal Gadh of the Advanced OBGYN Institute, assist women in Weston and Pembroke Pines, Florida, with information and IUD placement for women desiring the freedom and security that IUD birth control provides.
An IUD is a small t-shaped device made out of plastic that's inserted into the uterus to gradually release hormones to prevent pregnancy. Copper IUDs are similar in shape, but rather than using hormones they prevent sperm from reaching the egg by creating an reaction in the uterus which is toxic to sperm.
One of the benefits of IUDs is the fact that they provide long-term birth control without the need to remember to take a daily pill or place a daily patch on the arm. This allows women to enjoy fulfilling sex lives without the worry of an unwanted pregnancy. Hormonal IUDs work for 3-6 years, while copper IUDs work for up to 12 years. However, should a woman decide she wants to become pregnant during that time, Dr. Gadh can easily remove the IUD and restore fertility.
Women who want the freedom of an IUD can come to the Advanced OBGYN Institute to have the device inserted. To insert the device, Dr. Gadh will insert a speculum into the vagina to access the opening of the cervix. She will then place the IUD into the uterus through the cervix. This takes only a few minutes and can be done any time during a woman's menstrual cycle.
The copper ParaGard IUD if inserted within 5 days after unprotected sex can work as an emergency contraceptive. Hormonal IUDs are not as effective as emergency protection.
Dr. Gadh recommends the use of sanitary pads instead of tampons when possible while wearing an IUD. Women can wear tampons when necessary, but should plan to change them more frequently. When changing a tampon, it's important that women don't pull the threads of the IUD.
Serious problems from IUDs are rare, but there are some risks to be aware of. These include:
Women who have concerns about these risks should talk to the team at the Advanced OBGYN Institute for more information and to weigh the pros and cons of this method of birth control.
At Advanced OB / GYN Institute, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your provider listed.
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