With the various different options for birth control, it is often difficult to decide which method is best for you. The Intrauterine Device, otherwise known as IUD, is a fairly simple form of birth control you that may wish to try.
An Intrauterine Device is a t-shaped piece of equipment that is placed into your uterus and is plastic. There two forms of Intrauterine Devices that are currently available to the public. The Progesterone one is replaced yearly and the copper style can last generally from eight to ten years. If you have a hard time remembering to take the pill, this might be a birth control option for you. With the patch, it has to be changed, birth control pills have to be taken daily, and the shot needs to be done every three months. Even if you choose the Progesterone device, it still requires less work than other birth control methods. The IUD works by hindering the fertilization of a woman's eggs.
An IUD will have to be inserted by a physician and this is usually done during menstruation, like most other birth control methods. Once the Intrauterine Device is inserted in the vagina, there will be a string that will hang down. This string will allow you to make sure that device is still in place and doctors will use this to help remove it when the time has come. It has been said before that the IUD is easier to insert in women who have given birth to a child before. Many health care providers way wish that you schedule a follow up appointment to ensure that the IUD was properly inserted and is still in place.
The IUD will help to prevent pregnancy during unprotected intercourse. The Intrauterine Devise will not protect against sexual transmitted diseases. If you do not know the sexual history of your partner, it is advised that you use a condom too.
As with any birth control, the Intrauterine Device has some advantages, as well as disadvantages for using it. One of the most positive advantages to using an IUD was mentioned above. Since most IUDs stay in place for up to a year, less doctor appointments can save you money. The IUD allows you to not worry about having to take a pill everyday or stress if you may have missed one. According to some research, the IUD does not effect the hormone levels in your body. The Intrauterine Device is safe for mothers who may still be breastfeeding. The IUD is also not known to cause any extra weight gain.
One of the disadvantages of having an IUD inserted is that is may possibly fall out. If this occurs, you should contact your physical before you participate in any sexual activity and another one can be reinserted. As with any medication or treatment, side effects will vary from person to person. With the Intrauterine Devices, some women may see an increase in bleeding during menstruation and additional cramping may occur. One of the most serious risks of an IUD is that it may cause an infection, which could lead to some women becoming infertile. This is the main reason why many physicians advise against teenagers having and IUD interested.
Although it is highly unlikely, you may become pregnant with an Intrauterine Device installed. If you feel that you are pregnant or know that you are, it is extremely important that you contact your physician right away. An IUD can be dangerous during birth and puts your fetus at risk for a premature birth or miscarriage. The downside is that there is a chance that a miscarriage can occur when the IUD is being removed. This is an important issue that you should fully discuss with your family and doctor.
Although I have not personally tried an IUD, I have had numerous friends who have. Each and everyone of them state that they would recommend this form of birth control to others.