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What Are the Benefits of IUDs?

An IUD is a birth control option that can provide many benefits over traditional methods. IUDs are devices that are placed inside your uterus by a medical professional in a simple in-office procedure. You can choose from non-hormonal-based IUDs  (copper IUDs) that work by blocking the path of eggs to…

What Are the Side Effects of IUDs?

While IUDs are safe methods of birth control for most women, there are a few potential side effects, including: Periods that become irregular or lighter or heavier than usual. Spotting between periods. Increased menstrual cramps. Persistent premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, including breast tenderness, nausea, headaches, and acne. Temporary Symptoms The…

What is an IUD?

An intrauterine device, more commonly known as an IUD, is a small apparatus placed inside your uterus to prevent pregnancy. Currently, there are five brands of IUDs available to women in the United States: Mirena. Kyleena. Skyla. Liletta. Paragard. Mirena, Kyleena, Skyla, and Liletta work through…

What Are the Risks of Getting an IUD?

About 10% of American women who use birth control choose to get an intrauterine device (IUD). IUDs, which are available in hormonal and copper varieties, are generally quite safe but come with a unique set of risks not associated with other forms of birth control. The risks…

How are IUDs Removed?

IUDs should be removed by a healthcare professional at their office. The removal process is simple: You will lay back on the examination table, place, your feet in stirrups, and relax. Your doctor will use a speculum to open your vagina so they can find the IUD string. Once they…

When Should I Get My IUD Removed?

It’s possible for you to have your IUD removed at any time. However, specific types of IUDs do have different lifespans, and you’ll want to have them removed once they’re nearing the end of their effectiveness: ParaGard prevents pregnancy for up to 12 years. Skyla prevents pregnancy for three years.

How Long Should I Wait to Have Sex After Getting an IUD?

You do not need to wait to have sex after your intrauterine device (IUD) is inserted. However, there may be some uncomfortable side effects that occur for a day or two after implantation. Make sure you know whether your IUD is effective before having unprotected sex. What to…

Do I Need a Checkup After I Get an IUD?

You do not need to schedule follow-up visits with your medical provider after having an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted. Women using IUDs are encouraged to learn how to check for the strings on their IUD to ensure that it is still in place. After Insertion IUDs must be…

What’s the Process for Getting an IUD?

You need a prescription to get an intrauterine device (IUD). These contraceptive devices must be inserted by a doctor. Here’s what you need to do to get an IUD. Learn About IUD Options Before you decide to get an IUD, talk to your medical provider about the…

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