An intrauterine device (IUD) is one of the most effective and easy-to-use forms of birth control available. Board-certified gynecologist Lynnell P. Gardner, MD, performs in-office IUD placements at her shared private practice, Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D., in Tucson, Arizona. To find out if an IUD is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.
An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a flexible, T-shaped device that fits inside your uterus. An IUD is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for 3-12 years, depending on the type. There are many types of IUDs available. Some are made of plastic and release hormones, while others are made of copper, which acts as a sperm repellant.
In addition to being highly effective, IUDs are very easy to use. After insertion, you don’t need to remember to do anything until it’s time to have the IUD removed. Dr. Gardner inserts and removes IUDs in her office at Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D.
First, Dr. Gardner reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for an IUD. Then, she spends time explaining the procedure and answering any questions you may have.
Before an IUD insertion, Dr. Gardner may give you medicine to open or numb your cervix. The insertion procedure typically takes Dr. Gardner about five minutes or less. She inserts a speculum into your vagina and then uses a special instrument to insert the IUD into your uterus.
Most women experience some cramping or pain during IUD placement. Fortunately, the discomfort lasts only for a minute or two. You may want to ask Dr. Gardner if you should take a pain-relieving medicine before your appointment.
Some women feel dizzy or light-headed during or right after IUD placement. There’s also a small chance you may faint. It’s a good idea to have someone come to your appointment with you so you don’t have to drive or go home alone.
Many women feel fine right after IUD placement, but others need to take some downtime. You may experience cramping, back pain, and some spotting. These issues almost always subside within 3 months.
To learn more about getting an IUD, call the office of Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D., or book an appointment online today.