Marsha K. Howerton, MD  -  - Gynecology

Marsha K. Howerton, MD

Gynecology & Obstetrics located in Midtown, Tulsa, OK

You wish your birth control was not so inconvenient. With your busy lifestyle, it’s difficult for you to remember your pill every day! Obstetrics and gynecology specialist Marsha K. Howerton, MD, provides a particularly easy form of birth control. The IUD may be just what you need to ensure trouble-free protection. Call Dr. Howerton’s office in Midtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, today.


What is an IUD?

An IUD – intrauterine device – is a small, t-shaped birth control device, which is placed inside the uterus. As long as it remains properly placed, it prevents pregnancy long-term. IUDs have proven to be 99% effective, and complications are rare.

How does an IUD work?

Two types of IUD are available: hormone-releasing and copper-releasing.

Once inside the uterus, a hormonal IUD releases progestin. This hormone, which is similar to progesterone, thickens the mucus in the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to enter. It also slows the growth of the uterine lining, which discourages a proper environment for fertilized eggs.

A copper IUD releases a small amount of copper into the uterus, which may prevent sperm from entering the egg.

What are the benefits of an IUD?

IUDs provide immediate protection and have several other possible benefits:

  • Constant protection
  • Reversible effects
  • Nothing to remember
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Cannot be felt
  • Lighter, less painful periods

Your IUD can also be removed at any time.

What can you expect from your IUD placement?

Dr. Howerton provides counseling so that you understand both types of IUD. Some hormone-releasing IUDs prevent pregnancy for three years, while the Mirena IUD lasts up to five years. If you opt for a copper IUD, pregnancy can be prevented for up to 10 years.

During your visit, Dr. Howerton confirms that your health and situation make you a good candidate for an IUD. She checks to make sure all of your reproductive organs are normal and disease-free.

Before insertion, she may provide an anesthetic to relieve any discomfort. She uses a few simple instruments to insert the IUD easily. Once it’s securely placed, Dr. Howerton removes the instruments.

Immediately after insertion, you may return to all normal activities while you enjoy worry-free birth control. The IUD doesn’t affect your menstrual cycle, and you’ll never even notice it’s there.

A plastic string attached to the end of the device allows you to check for correct placement. You should check once a month, and if anything seems out of place, you can call Dr. Howerton for a repositioning.

When you decide the time is right, Dr. Howerton can easily remove your IUD.

If you’re too busy to remember your birth control, an IUD may be your answer. Book an appointment online with Dr. Howerton today, or call her office.