Which IUD Should I Get? We’re Happy to Educate You on Your Choices

Do you have questions about IUDS, like “Which IUD should I get?” We’ve got answers. At Lona Sasser Obgyn in Coral Springs, FL, we regularly insert and remove IUDs for our patients, many of whom are based in Broward and Dade counties. We also educate our patients on the differences between the many forms of birth control available.

Keep reading to learn about the different types of IUDs you can choose from. And if you are seeking a doctor to insert your IUD of choice, you can easily book your first appointment at our Coral Springs practice online! Our three top-rated gynecologists – Dr. Mary-Beatrice Squire, Dr. Jose Berthe, and Dr. Lona Sasser – are taking new patients.

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Why Choose an IUD?

An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a small t-shaped piece of plastic that a gynecologist inserts into your uterus. IUDs protect you from pregnancy either by releasing hormones, or by being made of copper, which repels sperm from entering the uterus. IUDs rank among the most effective forms of birth control. They are over 99% effective; fewer than 1 in 100 women who use them will become pregnant annually.

In the next section, we’ll compare different types of IUDs to help you decide which IUD you should get.

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Which IUD Should I Get? Copper vs. Hormonal

There are two different types of IUDs: copper, and hormonal. There is one brand of copper IUD available, called ParaGard. If you decide to go with a hormonal IUD, there are four brands to choose from: Mirena, Skyla, Kyleena, and Liletta.

Copper

The ParaGard copper IUD is the longest lasting IUD, providing protection from pregnancy for up to 12 years once inserted! According to Planned Parenthood, “The ParaGard IUD uses copper to prevent pregnancy. Sperm doesn’t like copper, so the ParaGard IUD makes it almost impossible for sperm to get to that egg.” ParaGard can also be used as highly effective emergency contraception if you get it inserted within 5 days of having unprotected sex. Copper IUDs may make periods heavier and cramps worse. For some, these side effects go away with time. Make an appointment to get advice from a gynecologist on which IUD you should get.

Hormonal

Hormonal IUDs last for 3-7 years, depending on the brand you choose. The Mirena is the most popular hormonal IUD, and lasts for 7 years. Hormonal IUDs release the hormone progestin, which thickens cervical mucus to block and trap sperm. They may also stop you from ovulating (releasing an egg from your ovaries). They may have the effect of lightening your period or stopping it completely. Discuss these and other side effects with a gynecologist when you make an appointment at Lona Sasser Obstetrics & Gynecology!

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Sources for This Article:

Birth Control: IUD – Planned Parenthood

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