If you’re thinking about getting an IUD from Women’s Medical Associates of Nashville, you’ve probably got some questions – and we’ve got answers!
Yes. All IUDs are safe when implanted by a qualified medical professional, and complications are extremely rare.
The two common types of IUD are hormonal IUDs and copper IUDs.
Hormonal IUDs like Mirena and Liletta release a stream of hormones into the uterus, preventing pregnancy by thickening the cervical mucus.
Copper IUDs, in contrast, do not release hormones. Instead, they kill sperm upon contact, preventing them from getting far enough to fertilize an egg.
Both copper and hormonal IUDs are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
The process of placing the IUD itself usually takes less than 2 minutes. You can expect to spend about a total of 10 minutes on the exam table.
Each person has a different experience. For some women, the discomfort is no big deal. Others may feel more pain. Either way, the discomfort only lasts a few seconds during the IUD placement process.
Yes. If you change your mind about your IUD and would like to try a different form of birth control or would like to get pregnant, you can have it removed at any time.
Copper IUDs are effective immediately after insertion.
Hormonal IUDs are effective immediately if they are placed within 7 days of the start of your period. If you are not on your period during insertion, it will take 7 days for your IUD to become effective, so plan on using a backup method of birth control until then.
Hormonal IUDs usually result in a lower flow and lighter period after insertion. After a few months, some women stop having periods altogether.
Copper IUDs tend to result in a heavier period for a few months after insertion, and your flow may be heavier for the lifetime of your IUD. If you already have difficult periods, a copper IUD may not be right for you.
If you have more questions about IUDs, we’re here to help. Schedule an appointment now to find out more about IUDs, and find out which type of IUD may be right for you.