An IUD is a soft, small, and flexible t-shaped piece of plastic that keeps you from getting pregnant. There are two types of IUDs: hormonal and non-hormonal. There are a few different types of hormonal IUDs, like the Mirena®, Liletta® & Skyla®.
IUD stands for “Intrauterine Device”: which means it is inside the uterus. A doctor or nurse puts the IUD in the uterus, which is inside a woman’s body above the vagina.
IUDs work by preventing the sperm from reaching the egg. The hormonal IUDs release a small amount of the hormone progestin. This can help prevent pregnancy in a few ways: the IUD thickens cervical mucus to make it difficult for sperm to move. In some women, the hormones may also prevent ovulation (which is when the egg leaves the ovaries).
The IUD works really, really well. It is one of the very best forms of birth control. It's over 99% effective: if 100 women use the IUD, on average less than 1 will become pregnant within a year.
A doctor or nurse has to put the IUD in for you. Once they put in the IUD, you don't have to do anything! You are protected from pregnancy until you choose to have it removed, or up to 3, 5, or 12 years depending on the type of IUD. Just don't forget to use a condom every time you have sex, because the IUD does not protect against STDs.
No, absolutely not. So definitely use a condom every time you have sex so that you are protected from pregnancy AND sexually transmitted infections.
No problem! You can get the IUD taken out by a healthcare provider any time you want, and as soon as it is out you'll be able to become pregnant again. If you got the IUD through our services, we'll pay to have it taken out - so it's still completely free for you. Just call us at 731-468-STEP (7837) to set up an appointment.
You can always set up an appointment with one of our doctors or nurses to talk about the IUD or implant, or you head over to our contact page and ask one of our experts!
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