The Intrauterine Device (IUD)

Birth control decisions can be difficult ones. With all the options to choose from, which one is the right one? Most women think of contraception as being "birth control pills". Although the majority of women choose birth control pills for contraception, there are many other options available. One of these is the intrauterine device or IUD.

The IUD is a highly effective means of birth control that has many advantages over the other options available. It's simple and highly effective, is usually without many of the side effects that go along with some of the other traditional methods of birth control, and has some "non birth control" benefits that allow its use for some women who have heavy periods and cramps.

The IUD is a small T-shaped device that is inserted in to the uterine cavity by a qualified healthcare professional. Depending on the type, it can provide birth control for 5 or 10 years. Insertion takes about 5 minutes. And although most women experience some mild cramps during the insertion, the process is, in general without a great deal of discomfort. After it is placed, it stays in place for 5 or 10 years (depending on the type) and allows women to be relatively carefree about her fantastic new choice of contraception. It is 99-100% effective!!!

The most common complaint about the IUD is irregular bleeding. With the newest IUD, however, the majority of women have no bleeding at all. No more menstrual periods. And that's not at all unhealthy contrary to some misbeliefs. There is also no nausea, fluid retention, weight gain, headache, or breast tenderness associated with the IUD. Most women love it.

The IUD can also be used for women who don't even need birth control. It is a great option in women who have irregular and/or heavy periods. It can help decrease menstrual cramps, too.

So, if you're looking for a safe, highly effective form of birth control that's long lasting and has few side effects, the IUD may be right for you. Your health care professional can help you decide. Or, give us a call at Central Alabama OB/GYN Associates, PA (334) 265-3543 and schedule an appointment to see if the IUD is right for you.