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Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)

At Menich Family Services, we offer services on Intra-uterine divices insertion and removal as a family planning option.

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are a highly effective form of contraception that can be used for long-term family planning.

An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider at our clinic.

There are two types of IUDs: hormonal and non-hormonal.

Non-hormonal IUDs are made of copper, which creates a toxic environment for sperm, preventing fertilization. Hormonal IUDs release a progestin hormone that thickens cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to reach the egg. Hormonal IUDs can also prevent ovulation in some women.

IUDs are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, making them one of the most reliable forms of birth control available. They are also a very convenient option because they require no daily maintenance, and once inserted, can stay in place for several years.

  1. They are reversible – If a woman decides she wants to become pregnant, the IUD can be easily removed by a healthcare provider.
  2. They do not affect fertility – Once the IUD is removed, a woman’s fertility returns to normal.
  3. They are safe – IUDs are very safe for most women to use, with very few serious side effects.
  4. They can help with menstrual cramps and bleeding – Non-hormonal IUDs can help reduce heavy menstrual bleeding and cramps.
  5. They can be used as emergency contraception – Copper IUDs can be inserted up to 5 days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.

IUDs are not appropriate for all women, and there are some potential risks and side effects associated with their use. For example, some women may experience cramping or irregular bleeding, and there is a small risk of infection or perforation of the uterus during insertion. Women with certain medical conditions, such as pelvic inflammatory disease or a history of ectopic pregnancy, may not be good candidates for IUDs.

IUDs do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. It is therefore adviced to use other barrier methods of family planning in addition to IUDs to protect reduce the risk of infections.

It is important to talk to a healthcare provider to determine if an IUD is the right choice for you and to discuss any potential risks or side effects.