If you’re interested in finding long-term birth control that isn’t permanent, an intrauterine device, or IUD, provides an ideal solution. This small, T-shaped device — which is one of the most effective forms of birth control available — can remain in your uterus for several years, and is easily removed once you’re ready to start a family. Board-certified gynecologist Dr. Julia Raber provides comprehensive IUD services, including insertion and removal, at her renowned boutique practice in New Hyde Park, NY. To learn more, call or book your appointment online today.
An IUD is a small T-shaped contraceptive implement that’s positioned in your uterus to prevent sperm from reaching an egg. IUDs are categorized as a type of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC), in that they’re designed to be left in place for several years, but can be removed by a gynecologist at any time.
There are two general types of IUDs:
Because they’re rated more than 99% effective at preventing unintended pregnancy, IUDs qualify as the most effective form of birth control available. They’re even more effective than popular short-term hormonal methods like the pill or the patch.
IUDs are a viable solution for almost all women, and using one means you won’t have to think about birth control every day or each time you’re intimate. It won’t restrict your sexual activity or response, either, as neither you nor your partner will be able to tell it’s there.
An IUD can be put in place immediately following childbirth, a miscarriage, or an abortion. It can also be removed by a gynecologist when you decide you’d like to stop using it or start a family.
Progestin IUDs can help regulate your period and reduce menstrual symptoms, while copper IUDs are the most effective form of emergency contraception following unprotected sex or failed birth control. Using either type may help reduce your risk of cervical cancer.
Before you receive an IUD, it’s important to undergo a comprehensive physical exam to verify that you’re a good candidate for the device.
To place an IUD, Dr. Raber places it in a thin plastic tube and inserts it into your vagina. She then guides it through your cervix and into your uterus, withdraws the tube, and leaves the T-shaped device in place.
IUDs have two small strings that are left hanging from your cervix, inside your vagina. These strings, which you can’t feel or see, are what Dr. Raber uses to remove the device when the time comes.
To find out more about the benefits of IUDs, call Dr. Raber’s New Hyde Park office today, or make an appointment using the convenient online booking feature.