Valentin Tureanu, MD, NCMP
Reproductive Endocrinologist & Certified Menopause Practitioner located in Chicago, IL & Downers Grove, IL
IUDs are popular options for contraception and treatment among women in Chicago and Downers Grove, Illinois, and once inserted, an IUD can remain in place for 3-7 years in most cases. Dr. Tureanu offers IUD insertion procedures performed right in the office in just a few minutes. If you’re interested in learning more about IUDs or if you want to schedule an IUD insertion appointment, call our office, or use our online system to request an office visit today.
What is an IUD?
An IUD is a T-shaped device that’s inserted into your uterus through your cervix (the uterine opening) to significantly reduce your risk of becoming pregnant. There are two types of IUDs:
- “Traditional” IUDs that rely on copper to stimulate production of a fluid that’s toxic to sperm (but doesn’t harm you)
- Hormone-releasing IUDs that use copper in combination with a slow-release hormone for additional protection against pregnancy
In some women, traditional copper IUDs can cause heavy menstrual bleeding or very painful periods. IUDs that use hormones can help avoid these side effects.
What happens during IUD insertion?
IUD insertion begins like a pelvic exam: You lie on your back on the exam table with your feet in the supports, and Dr. Tureanu uses a lubricated speculum to gently widen the vaginal canal. The IUD is inserted through the cervix, with the shorter end of the “T” acting as an anchor to hold the device in place. The longer part of the “T” extends into the vaginal canal. IUD insertion takes just a few minutes. You might have some pinching or minor discomfort during the procedure, and if you’re very sensitive or nervous, Dr. Tureanu can use a local anesthetic to numb your cervix before inserting the IUD.
How can I be sure my IUD is still in place?
Once in place, IUDs are secure, but (rarely) they can fall out. To be sure your IUD is in place and providing you with birth control protection, you should feel for the long tail inside the vaginal canal before having intercourse to make sure the device is still in place.
How often do I need to replace my IUD?
IUDs that use hormones need to be replaced about every five years. IUDs that rely solely on copper need to be replaced about every 7 years in most women.
Are IUDs safe?
Yes, IUDs have been used for decades to safely and effectively prevent pregnancy, and studies show they’re more than 99% effective in preventing conception. Like any type of birth control, IUDs come with potential risks, including perforation of the uterus, which is rare. Dr. Tureanu explains all the pros and cons of IUDs (and other forms of contraception) during your office visit.
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