The IUD is an excellent fit for many women considering birth control options. IUDs offer years of protection and can be easily removed if you decide it’s time to start a family. IUD replacement is among the services available from Primary Care Walk-in Medical Clinic with locations in Gilbert, Fountain Hills, and Scottsdale, Arizona. When you’re ready to book a visit, scheduling is as simple as a phone call or a few moments on the online booking page.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a popular birth control option for women of all ages. It’s a small device shaped like the letter “T” that you wear inside your uterus.
Getting an IUD placed requires a trip to the office, as does the removal process. You’ll recline with your feet in stirrups, just like during a pelvic exam. Your practitioner inserts a small tube, with the IUD inside, through your vagina, and into your uterus. The tube is withdrawn while the IUD remains in place.
Once inserted, the IUD effectively prevents pregnancy without any additional work on your behalf. Primary Care Walk-in Medical Clinic offers the Mirena® and Paragard® IUDs.
The hassle-free nature of IUDs is one reason why they are such a popular choice. Many women also appreciate the fact that an IUD provides years of protection with an up-front cost, making it easy to fit birth control into your budget.
The Mirena IUD prevents pregnancy by slowly releasing small amounts of the hormone progestin into your body. The hormone thickens your cervical mucus to make it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg. It also thins the lining of your uterus and partially suppresses ovulation.
The Paragard IUD does not use any form of synthetic hormones. It’s made of a plastic frame wrapped in copper wire. The copper triggers your body to create an inflammatory reaction that is inhospitable to sperm and eggs, thereby preventing pregnancy.
Mirena IUDs can prevent pregnancy for up to six years, while the Paragard IUD can provide up to a decade of protection. If you decide you’re ready to get pregnant before that time, simply schedule a visit to have your IUD removed in the office.
Your body will quickly adjust, and normal fertility will return. You can discuss your family planning timeline with your practitioner to learn how to prepare your body for pregnancy and childbirth.
If you’d like more information about IUDs or other forms of birth control, call Primary Care Walk-in Clinic today to book a visit. Online scheduling is also an option and can be done from home in a matter of minutes.