All About IUDs (Q&A)

All About IUDs (Q&A)

Curious about IUD’s? An intrauterine device, is method of birth control commonly t-shaped made of plastic and a variety of hormones. IUD’s eliminate the worry in consuming a pill daily, or coming into the office every 3 months for a shot. Most patients who have an IUD, enjoy the comfort of knowing they have a reliable form of birth control without the routine commitment like other methods of birth control.

What are the different types of IUDs?

There are four different types of IUDs we use at our practice.

1) Mirena

2) Liletta

3) Paraguard

4) Kylena

Does it hurt to get an IUD?

Every individual tolerates pain differently, however those who do experience discomfort compare the feeling to menstrual cramps. Some spotting may occur after insertion.

How long does an IUD stay inserted?

It depends on the type, however they range from 5 to 10 years.

Will an IUD affect my periods?

Yes! Depending on the person and their body, many situations can occur. Everyone varies in length and flow of their period. Some may not get a period where they bleed, but can experience other symptoms of a such as cramping, and bloating.

Does an IUD make an individual infertile?

No. An IUD can be taken out whenever you choose and once it is removed, you can attempt to conceive.

Can you feel an IUD while having sex?

No. You should NOT feel an IUD while having sex. If you can, consult with your doctor.

When is the best time to get an IUD?

It is best placed while on your cycle.

Do I still need to use condoms?

If needed for safe sex, yes condoms should be used as they do NOT protect against STDs.

Are IUD’s covered by insurance?

Most do, but it depends on what type of insurance you have and the coverage of your policy. With the Affordable Care Act, majority are covered at 100%.

When will an IUD start working?

If placed at the appropriate time frame, it should start working immediately.

Will I need to rest or have recovery time after an IUD insertion?

Everyone is different, but you may experience some cramping or discomfort about 15-20 minutes after. You can still go about your daily activities and routine.



Consult with your doctor if an IUD is the best fit birth control for you.

Jessica B Creative journalist in what's trending in OBGYN

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