If you’d like to avoid becoming pregnant or minimize heavy menstrual bleeding, an intrauterine device (IUD) might be the right solution for you. At Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC, in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, their highly trained experts in gynecologic surgery offer IUDs that fit your needs and lifestyle. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to learn more about your options today.
An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a form of long-lasting birth control that helps prevent pregnancy and reduce heavy menstrual bleeding. It’s a tiny, flexible, T-shaped device your gynecologist can insert through your cervix into your uterus. IUDs often last up to 3-10 years, depending on the type you receive.
Numerous IUDs are available at Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC. Some contain hormones, while other IUDs are nonhormonal copper. Both help block sperm from reaching your eggs and fertilizing them. While IUDs are long-lasting forms of birth control, they don’t last forever and must eventually be removed or replaced.
Your Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC, specialist lets you know if you’re a good candidate for an IUD after reviewing your medical history and discussing your symptoms and lifestyle. They also complete a pelvic examination and might recommend you undergo blood tests, ultrasound, or other imaging procedures to diagnose potential gynecological conditions.
An IUD can help:
Numerous types of birth control are available to choose from. Your gynecologist works with you to find one that best matches your needs, lifestyle, and preferences.
During IUD insertion, you relax on a comfortable exam table. Your provider inserts a speculum into your vagina and cleans the treatment area with an antiseptic solution. They carefully insert the IUD into your cervical canal and your uterus, where it remains. A tiny string hangs out of your uterus into your vagina after IUD insertion.
You might experience slight cramping during the procedure, but it doesn’t last long. Taking a pain reliever before IUD insertion can reduce or eliminate any discomfort.
Each month after receiving your IUD, check to make sure its string is still in place but don’t pull on it. Your provider can ensure the IUD hasn’t moved and look for signs of a possible infection at follow-up appointments.
Call your provider if you think you’re pregnant, experience heavy bleeding or other menstrual changes, have abdominal pain during sex, or can’t feel the IUD string.
If you’re interested in long-lasting birth control or lighter periods, call the experts at Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC, or book an appointment online to learn more about IUDs.