How to Know if an IUD Is the Right Birth Control Option for You

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With so many options these days, finding the perfect method of birth control is a very personal choice. The intrauterine device (IUD) can offer many benefits. Not only can it last several years at a time, but it’s also reversible.

IUDs are an excellent way to ward off pregnancy because you can get it, forget it, and remain protected.

IUDs offer many benefits

IUDs are one of the longest-lasting methods of birth control, and they’re also highly cost-effective. What’s more, it won’t affect your hormone levels, and you can use it while breastfeeding.

Besides reducing the severity of your periods and cramping, an IUD also allows you to still get pregnant once it’s removed. Best of all, IUDs have proven to be 99% effective as a birth control measure.

Deciding whether an IUD is right for you

If you’re still on the fence about whether an IUD is the right birth control option for you, here are a few things to consider.

You want effective birth control

Research shows that copper-coiled IUDs fail only 0.8% of the time, and hormonal IUDs are successful all but 0.2% of the time. In other words, statistically speaking, less than one woman in 100 will pregnant when using an IUD.

By comparison, birth control pills have a failure rate of 1-9%. If you’re worried about forgetting to take the pill, or other methods of birth control failing you, an IUD may be the perfect solution.

You want a low-maintenance birth control option

With methods like birth control injections, the ring, and the pill, you need to regularly think about your birth control. Not so with an IUD. Once an IUD is inserted, there’s nearly no maintenance required.

You’ll need a follow-up appointment about four weeks after you get an IUD just to ensure it’s in place, and Dr. Howerton may suggest checking the strings that hang from the bottom of the device from time to time.

Protection now, pregnancy later?

If you want a long-term, highly effective birth control option but still want the ability to get pregnant later, an IUD could be an excellent choice for you.

When you’re ready to try for a family, simply schedule an IUD removal with Dr. Howerton and you can start trying for a baby immediately. A women’s ability to get pregnant typically returns to normal within just one cycle.

You want more manageable periods

Some conditions, like endometriosis, can make periods a nightmare, complete with excessive bleeding and excruciating pain. Hormonal IUDs may be able to help. The hormonal IUD works to thin the uterine lining, which makes for lighter flows. This can also reduce cramps.

If you do experience heavy periods and cramps, the hormonal variant with a higher dose of progestin could be the solution. In fact, there’s the likelihood of your period being suppressed or disappearing altogether.

Or, if you prefer, a lower-hormone IUD will likely still give you a lighter period each month while protecting you from getting pregnant.

An IUD could be the solution for you

Choosing a birth control method is highly personal, but if you want exceptional protection without having to remember to take a pill or get a shot, an IUD might be the right option for you.

Book an appointment with Dr. Howerton at her Marsha K. Howerton, MD, practice to find the right birth control  choice that best fits you and your lifestyle.

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