OB-GYNs & Cosmetic Gynecologists located in Encino, CA & Van Nuys, CA
Finding the right birth control can take time, and it isn’t uncommon to try several methods before you find that perfect match. For many women, an IUD is the preferred option, and this method is available through the care of Michael Eshaghian, MD, of Drobg in Encino and Van Nuys, California, as well as the surrounding areas of Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, and Studio City. If you’re considering trying a new form of birth control or have questions about IUDs, call the office today to book a visit. Online scheduling is also available and takes just moments to complete.
IUD Q & A
What is an IUD?
An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a popular birth control option that has been in use for decades. Many women love the convenience of an IUD, as there’s no need to remember to take a daily pill and no need to return to the office for more shots, patches, or prescriptions.
An IUD is placed inside your uterus. It requires a visit with Dr. Eshaghian for placement, and when you’re ready to have your IUD removed, you’ll need another appointment. Depending on the type of IUD you choose, you’ll enjoy protection from unwanted pregnancy for anywhere from 3-10 years.
What types of IUD are available?
You have options when it comes to an intrauterine device. Some types are made of plastic with a copper coating, while others are plastic with embedded progestin.
Copper-coated IUDs prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm from fertilizing an egg. Researchers also believe these types of IUDs make it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant within a woman’s uterus. One way of describing the effects of a copper-coated IUD is to say it makes the uterus “inhospitable” for fertilization.
Hormonal IUDs slowly release progestin over time. This can prevent ovulation, and when there is no egg, fertilization cannot occur. Hormonal IUD also thicken your cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to travel to your uterus for fertilization. Another benefit of a hormonal IUD is the ability to reduce menstrual bleeding in women and girls who have a heavy flow.
Is it painful to have an IUD placed?
Dr. Eshaghian has extensive experience placing IUDs and makes every effort to perform the procedure without causing discomfort. The process of placing an IUD requires that the device is guided through your vagina, past your cervix, and into the opening of your uterus.
You may feel a cramping sensation during insertion, but there is no significant pain. Any discomfort will subside within moments, and the entire insertion process is swift. You may want to take it easy for the rest of the day and use over-the-counter pain medication if you experience any form of tenderness or cramping.
It’s important to understand that although an IUD is an effective form of birth control, it does absolutely nothing to protect against sexually transmitted disease. Male or female condoms are the best way to prevent the spread of STDs.
If you decide you are ready to conceive a child, schedule an appointment to have your IUD removed. Your fertility will return almost immediately, and women who’ve had an IUD have no more difficulty getting pregnant than those who chose another form of birth control.
Learn more during your one-on-one consultation at Drobg. Booking an appointment is as simple as a phone call or a visit to the online scheduling page.