North Atlanta Women’s Care is one of the leading practices for comprehensive OB/GYN Care in Johns Creek, Georgia, and the Greater Atlanta area. We offer a full range of services for women starting from family planning to wellness programs and more in a patient-friendly environment.
We have a highly skilled and experienced team of OB/GYN doctors specializing in high-risk pregnancies, in-office procedures, gynecologic surgeries, and much more. They are assisted by a qualified and efficient nursing and medical team.
An Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a birth control device placed by the doctor inside your uterus. It protects against pregnancy for a maximum of 10 years. The procedure takes around 10-15 minutes
During the procedure, the doctor inserts a speculum in your vagina to widen it. After cleaning your cervix and vagina with an antiseptic, the doctor checks for any issues with your uterus. Then the doctor places the device into an applicator tube and inserts it through your cervix in the uterus. IUDs have a string at the bottom, which the doctor trims so that about 1-2 inches of it hangs into your vagina. Do not insert anything into your vagina, including a tampon up to 24 hours after the procedure.
Copper IUDs may cause heavier periods for a few months. Check once a month to feel the string from the IUD coming out of the vagina. If you don’t, then please contact your doctor and use a different form of contraception temporarily.
NEXPLANON, or an etonogestrel implant, is a prescription medication used for preventing pregnancy in women. It takes a few minutes for a healthcare provider to insert it.
Consult with your medical provider if you have illnesses like diabetes, high cholesterol or triglycerides, headaches, gallbladder or kidney problems, depression, hypertension, any allergy or skin conditions to take appropriate precaution during the procedure.
Your healthcare provider inserts NEXPLANON in your arm by a small surgical procedure. It’s placed into the required area after numbing it and ensuring its correct position. If you don’t feel the implant after insertion, contact your health provider immediately. Use a different contraceptive method until you are able to be seen by your provider.
The insertion is quite fast, and your doctor will numb your arm, so it doesn’t generally hurt. You may have slight pain in your arm for 1-2 days.
It is functional immediately if it is placed within 5 days after your period starts. If it wasn’t placed at this time, you’ll need to use another contraceptive method for over 7 days.
You may feel mild to moderate cramps or pain when the IUD is inserted into your vagina. Use an OTC pain killer or a hot water bottle for relief. Besides the pain, some spotting may last for 3-6 months after the procedure.
Some cons of IUD are:
Consult with your doctor to see what contraception method is right for you.