As a reliable method of preventing pregnancy, the intrauterine device (IUD) is more effective than condoms, pills, and patches. The team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC in New York offers in-office IUD placement and educates you on the option that's best for your needs. Call the convenient locations in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City or schedule a consultation online today.
An intrauterine device or IUD is a long-lasting form of birth control that your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC inserts into your uterus. Once in place, the device protects you from pregnancy for 3-10 years.
IUDs prevent pregnancy in several ways. The devices may alter the movement of sperm to inhibit fertilization of the egg, thin the lining of your uterus, and thicken the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering your uterus.
IUDs are nearly 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.
IUDs come in two primary types: hormonal and non-hormonal. The best one for you depends on your family planning needs and overall health.
Hormonal IUDs release progestin to prevent pregnancy. There are four hormonal IUDs available in the United States. Skyla® lasts up to three years, Mirena® and Kyleena® for five years, and LILETTA® for six years.
The non-hormonal IUD Paragard® uses copper, which acts as a spermicide to prevent pregnancy. A copper IUD is effective as soon as it's inserted and prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years.
During your consultation at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, you and your provider can discuss your gynecological needs and overall health, as well as your future pregnancy plans.
For your IUD placement procedure at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, you sit on an examination table with your legs in stirrups or your knees bent and legs apart. Your provider gently inserts a speculum to provide access to your uterus.
The IUD placement process involves inserting your IUD using a special tube-like device. You may experience some pain, cramping, or bleeding during IUD placement, but this should go away quickly.
If you're concerned about feeling uncomfortable, you can take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen about an hour before your IUD placement procedure.
When it's time to remove your IUD years down the road, you return to Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC for a reversal of the IUD placement procedure.
Hormonal IUD placement could help with some menstrual disorders. For instance, Mirena is FDA approved as a treatment for heavy periods. Using hormonal IUDs can also help regulate your menstrual cycle if you have irregular periods.
The Paragard copper IUD doesn't have the same effect. In fact, many women find their periods initially get heavier after a copper IUD placement procedure.
Are you interested in highly effective birth control available in a single office visit? Expert IUD placement at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC could be exactly what you need. Call or book your appointment online today.