When it comes to birth control, you have a number of options from which to choose. No method is perfect for every woman; what suits you may not be right for your sister or your best friend.
For example, different contraceptives provide protection for different amounts of time. Some, like condoms, are considered short-term birth control because you must use a new one every time you have intercourse. Others provide coverage for months or years at a time.
A popular type of long-term birth control is the IUD. This safe, effective contraceptive has recently been gaining popularity. Our team of care providers here at Associates in Women’s Health in Cincinnati would like to share some information with you about the benefits of the IUD.
What is an IUD?
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a type of long-acting reversible contraceptive. This means it offers long-term contraceptive protection that can be reversed if you decide you want to become pregnant.
An IUD is a T-shaped device that is implanted in your uterus. It contains copper and/or hormones that prevent pregnancy by inhibiting the action of sperm and preventing sperm from fertilizing your eggs. In addition, some types of IUDs thicken your cervical mucus, which makes it more difficult for sperm to reach your eggs.
Advantages of the IUD
The IUD offers the following advantages:
Depending on which type of IUD you choose, you are protected from pregnancy for 3-10 years. At the end of the device’s effectiveness period, you may choose to have it replaced with a new IUD or have it removed.
The IUD is one of the most effective methods of birth control.
To compare birth control effectiveness, researchers look at the number of pregnancies per 100 women within their first year of typical use.
For the IUD, the number of pregnancies is less than one per 100 women. In comparison, among women who rely on male or female condoms, the effectiveness rate is 18-21 pregnancies per 100 women, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.
If you have an IUD implanted and you decide you want to get pregnant, your provider can simply remove it at any time. Once it’s removed, you can start trying to get pregnant right away.
Guidance for your contraceptive choices
Here at Associates in Women’s Health, our providers are here to help you choose the best birth control method for you, whether it’s an IUD or another option. Ask your provider about contraceptive choices during your yearly well-woman exam, or schedule an appointment with one of our providers by calling our office at 513-794-1500 or requesting an appointment today.