If you think the pill and condoms are the only way to prevent pregnancy, think again. The days of needing to take a hands-on approach to contraception are over. Andrea Olanescu, MD, offers intrauterine devices, or IUDs, to help make family planning a breeze for her patients at Medical Care for Women. To learn more about this long-term, easily reversible birth control option, call her office in Astoria, New York, or book your appointment online.
An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a very small, T-shaped device that Dr. Olanescu can place in your uterus to ensure you don’t become pregnant for a set number of years. The shortest-lasting IUD is effective for three years, while the longest-lasting can prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years.
In addition to their long lifespan, one of the best things about IUDs is that they’re a set-it-and-forget-it type of birth control. They’re more than 99% effective, and you don’t have to do anything to make them work. Unlike the pill or condoms, which require your ongoing use, you can forget all about your IUD, and it will keep doing its job.
There are two primary types of IUDS: hormonal IUDs (LILETTA®, Kyleena®, Mirena®, and Skyla®) and non-hormonal IUDs (Paragard®). The two types work differently.
These IUDs work by secreting small amounts of progestin, a hormone used in many birth control pills, into your body. These IUDs can also make your period lighter. LILETTA, Kyleena, and Mirena all last five years, while Skyla lasts three years.
If you don’t want to use hormones to prevent pregnancy, a copper-based IUD could be for you. Sperm don’t like copper, so this IUD changes the way the sperm swim, preventing them from reaching the egg. Paragard, the only copper IUD available in the United States, lasts 12 years.
Absolutely. In fact, you can get pregnant as soon as the IUD is removed. IUDs have no long-reaching or short-term impact on your fertility.
No. Dr. Olanescu knows that your body and your lifestyle are unique. In addition to IUDs, she offers a variety of contraception options, including:
Dr. Olanescu also offers family planning counseling, so you can make the right choices for your body and your family goals.
Additionally, she offers emergency contraception. In fact, the copper IUD can be used as emergency contraception with a 99.9 percent success rate as long as it’s inserted within five days of intercourse.
If you’d like to learn more about the IUD and your other birth control options, call Medical Care for Women or book your appointment online.