IUD Placement Specialist
Maiden Lane Medical
Multi-Specialty Group Practice located New York, NY
New York City practice, Maiden Lane Medical offers hormonal and non-hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) to provide women with convenient birth control options based on their personal preferences and needs. They use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to place IUDs.
What is an intrauterine device (IUD)?
An IUD is a small device that your doctor or nurse inserts into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. In addition, you might hear IUDs called LARC — which stands for long-acting reversible contraception.
IUDs are one of the most effective contraception methods. They’re more than 99% effective.
These small T-shaped pieces of plastic can stay in place and prevent pregnancy for between 3-12 years, depending on the type of IUD you choose: copper or hormonal.
How does an IUD work?
Copper and hormonal IUDs prevent pregnancy in different ways.
Copper (hormone-free) IUDs
Paragard® is the copper IUD that uses copper to prevent pregnancy. The device is wrapped with copper wire that interferes with the way sperm move. The metal prevents sperm from reaching an egg.
There are several types of hormonal IUD: Mirena®, Kyleena®, Liletta®, and Skyla®. These options release the hormone progestin, which creates a hostile environment for sperm and prevents them from reaching and implanting in an egg.
What should I expect during the IUD insertion procedure?
Getting an IUD is a simple in-office procedure that takes just a few minutes for your doctor or nurse to perform. IUD insertion begins the same way as a routine pelvic exam. First, your gynecologist places a lubricated speculum into your vagina to gently widen the vaginal canal.
Your provider may numb your cervix with a local anesthetic before dilating your cervix and inserting the IUD into the uterus.
You might feel some pressure and cramping during the insertion, but it’s usually complete within a matter of minutes. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever before your procedure to reduce discomfort.
Once your gynecologist confirms the insertion, they remove the speculum, and your placement procedure is complete.
What should I expect after my IUD insertion?
Some women feel fine after getting an IUD, while others might have some cramping. You might also have some spotting after you get your IUD. Depending on the type of IUD, you may have light spotting for up to six months.
You might want to plan on taking it easy after your appointment in either case. You can use heating pads and over-the-counter pain relievers to manage any discomfort.
What are the benefits of an IUD?
In addition to being extremely effective, once your IUD is in place, you don’t need to think about it again. For example, one of the reasons that the pill has a lower effectiveness rate is because you need to take it at the same time every day for full protection.
Non-hormonal IUDs are immediately reversible. You can get pregnant as soon as your doctor removes the device.
A copper IUD is also an excellent option if you have had intolerable side effects from hormonal contraception such as mood swings or weight gain.
Copper IUDs can also act as emergency birth control if your doctor performs the insertion within 120 hours of having unprotected sex.
Many women opt for Mirena® or other hormonal options as they can make their periods lighter and reduce cramping.
How can I tell if my IUD is positioned correctly?
Your IUD has a string that extends into your vagina. Following insertion, you’ll be asked to feel for the string — it feels like a piece of fishing line — so you know how to find it.
Before having sex, you should always feel for the tail to ensure the IUD is still in the proper place.
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What happens during IUD removal?
IUD removal is a quick in-office procedure. When your device expires, or you’re ready to try to get pregnant, schedule an appointment at Maiden Lane Medical.
Much like IUD insertion, you recline on the treatment table with your feet in stirrups. Your doctor inserts a speculum to open your vaginal canal.
Next, they use a thin set of forceps to grasp the string of your IUD and gently pull it out of your uterus.
They can replace your IUD at this time or offer a different type of birth control if you want to continue to prevent pregnancy.
How do I know if an IUD is right for me?
The Maiden Lane Medical team provides consultations and exams to help determine the best type of birth control for you. IUDs are versatile and suitable for almost everyone.
Call the office or request an appointment online today to learn more about IUDs and if it’s a good contraceptive option for you.
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