You’re exploring your options when it comes to preventing an unplanned pregnancy, and you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. About two-thirds of women between the ages of 15 and 49 use contraceptives in the United States. Of this number, more than 10% turn to long-acting reversible contraceptives — intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants.
At Tahoe Women’s Care, it’s important to Dr. Gary Willen and our team that we offer our clients a wide range of birth control options that meet most every lifestyle and goal. We also understand how confusing the world of birth control can be, so we’re breaking out IUDs in this month’s blog post and taking a look at the top reasons why women choose this option.
1. IUDs are good at their job
The first thing you want in a birth control method is that it does its job of preventing an unplanned pregnancy. Well, IUDs certainly excel in this area — they're more than 99% effective.
There are two types of IUDs and both boast the same efficacy rating. The two types include hormonal and copper.
These devices release hormones (progestin) into your system that thicken the mucus around your cervix to prevent sperm from getting through. These hormones also interfere with ovulation so that even if sperm do get through, there are no eggs to fertilize.
If you don’t want to toy with your hormones, you can use a copper IUD. Copper is a metal that repels sperm so they won’t get past the device to fertilize your eggs.
2. There’s less hassle with IUDs
Another big reason why so many of our clients prefer IUDs is that they really are low maintenance.
An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that we insert into your uterus. We can do this right in our office, and it’s a quick-and-easy procedure.
Once the IUD is in place, there’s nothing more that you need to do to protect yourself against an unplanned pregnancy — you simply let the IUD do its job.
3. IUDs offer long-term protection
Not only are IUDs hassle-free, they can also prevent pregnancy for years. More specifically, hormonal IUDs last anywhere from 3-8 years while a copper IUD can offer up to 12 years of protection.
4. IUDs are reversible
The final reason why so many women prefer an IUD is that this birth control method is easily reversed. All you need to do is come see us, and we can remove the device in just minutes and restore your fertility.
If you’d like to learn more about the IUD and whether it’s a good birth control option for your needs, please contact our office in Carson City, Nevada, to set up an appointment.