Why More Women Than Ever are Choosing the IUD for Their Birth Control

IUD North Atlanta Women’s Care

Women have many choices when it comes to birth control. No method is best for everyone; the right choice for you is the one that best meets your needs and preferences.

These days, more women than ever are choosing the intrauterine device, or IUD, to prevent pregnancy. The IUD offers several advantages that women and their partners like.

At North Atlanta Women’s Care, located in Johns Creek and Alpharetta, Georgia, we work with you to select the birth control that best fits your needs. Read on to learn more about why women are increasingly turning to the IUD as their contraceptive choice.

A simple device

An IUD is a T-shaped plastic device that we insert into your uterus. It prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching and fertilizing your egg. It may also prevent your egg from implanting in your uterus.

Certain types of IUDs contain the hormone progestin, which may thicken the mucus in your cervix and make it more difficult for sperm to reach your egg. Progestin also thins your uterine lining to stop your egg from attaching to your uterus.

Other types of IUDs contain copper rather than hormones and work by releasing copper into your uterus.

Long-lasting, reversible protection

The IUD is a type of birth control known as long-acting reversible contraception, or LARC. That means that after having it placed into your body, the IUD provides years of pregnancy prevention. (Birth control implants are another type of LARC.)

Depending on the type of IUD you receive, contraception protection lasts 3-10 years.

Although it is long-lasting, the IUD’s protection is also easily reversible. If you decide you want to get pregnant, you can have your IUD removed at any time.

Reliability

Women count on the IUD to provide reliable pregnancy protection. During the first year of use, fewer than 1 in 100 women using an IUD or implant will get pregnant.

This is a much higher reliability rate than some other types of birth control. For example, out of 100 women per year, 18–28 women will become pregnant when using barrier methods such as condoms.

Over time, LARC methods are 20 times more effective than birth control pills, the patch, or the ring.

Easy to use

Once we insert your IUD, it begins offering pregnancy protection immediately. You don’t have to do anything else until the time comes to have it removed. At that point, you can have another IUD inserted, stop using birth control, or choose another contraception method.

Almost all women can use an IUD. It is safe to use with tampons and does not interfere with sexual intercourse—your partner can’t see or feel it. (If your partner can feel it, we can adjust it.)

Fewer menstrual symptoms

Women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding and menstrual pain sometimes find their symptoms diminish over time after having a hormonal IUD inserted.

Downside: No infection protection

Although IUDs offer women many advantages, keep in mind that, unlike condoms, IUDs do not offer any protection against sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV. For that reason, an IUD alone may not meet your needs if you have multiple sex partners, if your partner has multiple sex partners, or if you have sex with someone who has an STI.

Answers to all your questions

Here at North Atlanta Women’s Care, we can educate you about all of your birth control options and help you choose a method that best meets your needs. Call or use our online scheduling tool to make an appointment.

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