How to Know Which IUD Is Right for Me?

Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are birth control devices that allow women to be protected for as long as seven years without worrying about the side effects of oral contraception, which include nausea, headaches, spotting, and cramping. IUDs also don’t involve the hassle of barrier methods, such as condoms and diaphragms.

Our team at VitalityMDs, located in Scottsdale, Arizona, educates you about the benefits of IUDs and can determine whether you’re a good candidate. We also have expertise in helping you choose the right type of IUD. 

Dr. Russell Bartels and Dr. Burt Webb enjoy trust-based relationships with our patients and strive to answer every question and concern — whether the topic is birth control, lifestyle changes you can make to become healthier, or managing a chronic condition. 

How do IUDs stop pregnancy?

IUDs are ingeniously designed. The T-shaped plastic devices are flexible and only a bit larger than a quarter. Once inserted, they hamper fertilization by making your uterus an inhospitable place for sperm. 

Women favor IUDs because they’re:

Many women conclude that an IUD is the right birth control choice for them due to the compelling advantages they offer. 

Several IUD choices for women

VitalityMDs offers three IUDs:

  1. The MirenaIUD is a hormonal IUD and releases levonorgestrel, a female hormone that makes your cervical mucus thicker. The higher viscosity of the mucus makes it more difficult for sperm to travel to reach your egg. It may also stop your body from releasing an egg altogether. 
  2. The Kyleena IUD is designed to stop pregnancy in the same way as the Mirena IUD, but this one doesn’t release as much levonorgestrel. 
  3. The Skyla IUD delivers the lowest levonorgestrel dose of the three. Depending on your reaction to levonorgestrel, it may be the most appropriate choice.

Remember that each IUD option fits different needs, so having an honest discussion with our team before you decide which one to use is critical. 

The IUD insertion procedure is quick and comfortable, taking only five minutes. First, our team inserts a speculum into your vagina, just like when you have a Pap smear. With a small wand, our team goes through your vagina and cervix to place your IUD. 

You may feel some mild cramps, but they’re not long-lasting. We advise women who come for IUD insertion to use over-the-counter pain medication until the discomfort subsides. 

Remember that since these are levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs, they aren’t effective contraception after their respective expiration dates. It’s important to talk to our team about when to have your old IUD removed, and the new one placed. Likewise, if you have your IUD removed to use another form of birth control, your fertility is restored immediately upon your IUD’s removal. 

If you want to learn more about IUDs as a birth control choice, be sure to view the informational video we have on our website that features an OB/GYN speaking about why she chose an IUD for herself. 

If you’d like to discuss if an IUD is right for you, schedule a consultation at our office by calling us or booking online.

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