Are you sexually active, but uninterested in starting a family? If so, you may want to consider a safe and effective birth control option such as an intrauterine device, also known as an IUD. At Aspen Medical Group, Inc. in Corona, Riverside, and Moreno Valley, California, the team regularly works with women to develop contraceptive plans that align with their individual health history and needs. To make an appointment today, call the office or request one using the online booking tool.
An IUD or intrauterine device is a small, T-shaped device that your doctor carefully inserts inside your uterus. Ultimately, an IUD stops sperm from making contact with your eggs, preventing fertilization and, in turn, an unwanted pregnancy.
The team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. offers patients access to an array of different IUDs, including:
Mirena and Kyleena are reversible birth control methods that last for up to five years. This type of IUD is small, flexible, and releases the hormone levonorgestrel, which is similar to a hormone your body naturally produces. Mirena helps prevent pregnancy by changing the lining of your uterus to prevent a fertilized egg from attaching.
Skyla is similar to Mirena and Kyleena but only lasts for an average of three years. Like other IUDs, it releases the hormone levonorgestrel, which makes your cervical fluid thicker, while changing the lining of your uterus.
ParaGard or the “Copper T” IUD, doesn’t release any hormones into your body. Instead, it relies on copper, which triggers your body’s immune system to prevent pregnancy. ParaGard may cause heavier periods, but it lasts much longer than traditional IUDs.
To insert an IUD, your doctor folds down the T-shaped arms and places it in an applicator tube. Next, you’ll lie down and bend your knees, and your doctor carefully inserts the applicator tube through your cervix into your uterus. After placing the IUD, the arms release, and your doctor removes the applicator tube.
The team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. performs IUD removal and insertion on-site in their state-of-the-art offices. First, your doctor asks you to lie down on your back with your knees bent. Next, your doctor carefully inserts into your vagina a tool called a speculum, which widens the opening. A series of threads at the bottom of your IUD hang from your cervix into your vagina. Your doctor gently tugs on the strings and pulls out the device. Removing an IUD typically takes no more than 5-10 minutes.
To determine if an IUD is the right type of birth control for you, make an appointment with the team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. Call the office, or use the online booking tool to book an appointment today.