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IUD Placement Specialist

Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates -  - OB-GYN

Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates

OB-GYNs located in Milford, CT & Westport, CT

As leading physicians serving the Southern Connecticut area, our physicians offer a variety of contraceptive options including IUDs. Currently, there are five brands of IUDs that are FDA approved in the US. IUDs are divided into 2 types: copper IUDs (Paragard) and hormonal IUDs (Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla). Schedule an appointment with us today to determine which option is right for you.

IUD Placement Q & A

What is an IUD?

IUDs, also known as intrauterine devices, are small, T-shaped plastic devices that are inserted into the uterus and are safe and reliable long-term contraception options. IUDs are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy in several ways which include:

  • Thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering your uterus
  • Inhibiting sperm from reaching or fertilizing your egg
  • Thinning the lining of your uterus

How are IUDs inserted?

An IUD can be placed during a normal office visit and takes just a few minutes to perform. First, a speculum will be used to gently widen the vaginal wall. The IUD is then inserted through the cervical opening to the uterus. Most women experience mild cramping during insertion, but we recommend patients take a pain reliever prior to visit to minimize discomfort. Ultrasound guidance is used during placement and allows optimal insertion of IUD into the endometrial cavity. This reduces the risk of IUD malposition or perforation.

How often does an IUD need to be replaced?

This depends on the type of IUD. However, most IUDs can remain inserted from 5 to 12 years. They can be removed at any time during a routine office visit.

Are IUDs safe?

Yes, IUDs are very safe and are 99% effective, which has made them the popular choice for many women considering birth control. Serious complications from the device like perforation and ectopic pregnancy are very rare.

How can I tell which IUD is right for me?

During your office visit, we'll discuss the different types of IUDs as well as the benefits of each to determine which option is best for you.