An intrauterine device (IUD) is a copper device used for birth control that prevents sperm from fertilizing the eggs.
The T-shaped device is inserted through the vagina, past the cervix, and into the uterus and stays in place to provide continual protection from pregnancy.
An IUD is one of the most effective forms of birth control with fewer than 1 out of 100 women becoming pregnant each year while the IUD is in place.
Depending on which type of IUD you receive, it can stay in place between three and 10 years. IUDs do not protect against sexually transmitted disease.
It's safe for most women to get an IUD, but the following situations may prevent an IUD from safely being inserted:
- Certain STDs
- Pelvic infection (especially after childbirth or abortion in the previous three months)
- Currently pregnant
- Cervical cancer
- Cancer of the uterus
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Minimally Invasive Procedure
Insertion of an IUD is a simple in-office, minimally invasive procedure that only takes a few minutes and is very similar to a routine Pap test. A speculum opens the vaginal canal and the IUD is inserted through the cervical opening and put into place. A "tail" on the IUD extends into the vagina and can be felt by the patient to make sure the device is in the proper place and is comfortable. The procedure causes little to no discomfort.
If at any time after the procedure the tail can no longer be felt, a doctor's visit is necessary to ensure it's still correctly in place.
Contact us below to discuss with a Kelsey-Seybold expert if an IUD is right for you and to make an appointment for IUD insertion.