For women interested in avoiding a pregnancy without the hassle of a daily pill, consider getting an Intrauterine Device (IUD). At Vitality MDs in Scottsdale, Arizona, the team provides all types of hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs, which can provide 99% effective pregnancy prevention for up to seven years. To discuss your options with the team and find the right solution for you, call the office or schedule your visit online today.
An Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a small medical device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. IUDs are small pieces of flexible plastic in the shape of a T that your doctor inserts into your uterus in a minor outpatient procedure.
IUDs are a long-term option for birth control and can be used for 3-7 years, depending on the type of IUD you choose. IUDs work by preventing the way sperm cells move, making it difficult for the sperm to reach an egg for fertilization.
There are three different types of IUDs approved by the FDA that we offer:
The Mirena IUD is a levonorgestrel‐releasing intrauterine device. It’s a hormonal IUD that thickens your cervical mucus to slow sperm movement and may prevent your body from releasing an egg, which means that you don’t ovulate.
The Kyleena IUD works in the same way as the Mirena but releases a lower dose of levonorgestrel.
The Skyla IUD delivers the lowest dose of levonorgestrel, making it a good option for those who are sensitive to higher doses.
Discuss these options with your doctor to determine which IUD is best for your needs.
Research studies show that IUDs are up to 99% effective at preventing pregnancies. Over time, the hormonal IUD options begin releasing smaller amounts of levonorgestrel, making them less effective. That’s why the IUD should be replaced at the appropriate time if you want to continue preventing a pregnancy.
IUDs don’t prevent the spread of STDs, so it’s best to use a condom during sex in order to prevent contracting an STD. If you plan to become pregnant, talk to your doctor about removing the IUD.
The insertion of an IUD typically takes about five minutes. Your doctor begins by inserting a speculum into your vagina to widen the opening.
Using a small wand, your doctor gently places the IUD through the opening of your vagina and cervix into your uterus. Mild cramping or discomfort can last briefly, but pain medications can help.
To discuss IUD options, call Vitality MDs or schedule a visit online now and find the best birth control choice for your needs.