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What You May Not Know About IUD Placement

Dr. Gregory Shifrin OB/GYN, PC offers birth control options like patches, pills, condoms, and much more. If you need personalized IUD placement in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY, contact Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, today.

What is an Intrauterine device (IUD)?

An IUD is a long-term birth control inserted directly into the uterus. Dr. Gregory Shifrin OB/GYN inserts it accurately to protect you from pregnancy for three to ten years.

An intrauterine device keeps pregnancy at bay in various ways. For example, it may change sperm movement to stop fertilization of the egg, thicken cervical mucus to block sperms from entering the uterus, or thin the uterus’s lining to inhibit fertilization.

Given the records and experiences of former IUD recipients, the inserts are classified among fully effective remedies for keeping pregnancy at bay.

Types of IUDs

Dr. Shifrin specializes in two types of intrauterine devices: non-hormonal and hormonal inserts. Your provider considers your genetics, overall health, and medical history to determine your eligibility for hormonal or non-hormonal IUD inserts.

  • Non-hormonal IUDs. A non-hormonal IUD Paragard® uses copper acting as a spermicide preventing pregnancy. The copper IUD starts working right from the time of insertion. You can enjoy sex for up to ten years without having to worry about unplanned pregnancies.
  •  Hormonal IUD inserts. A hormonal IUD releases progestin that keeps unwanted pregnancies at bay. Based on your genetics, health history, and future plans, you may qualify for Skyla® (up to three years), Mirena® (up to five years), LILETTA® (up to six years), or Kyleena® (up to five years) inserts.
  • Dr. Shifrin considers your overall health, future pregnancy plans, and gynecological needs to determine your suitability for hormonal or non-hormonal IUD inserts.

Preparing for an IUD placement

At Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, your IUD placement is designed to deliver utmost comfort and top-notch results. Dr. Shifrin asks you to sit on the exam table with your knees bent, legs apart, or with stirrups holding your legs.

Dr. Shifrin uses a special tube-like device to make an accurate insertion of your IUD. Your treatment may involve slight cramping, pain, or bleeding. Your caregivers at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, take precautions to minimize possible side effects of your procedure.

If you have specific concerns about discomfort and pain, Dr. Shifrin may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. Share specific concerns with your caregiver to minimize chances of error and discomfort before, during, and after your treatment.

If you need to remove an IUD some years down the line, contact Dr. Shifrin for an immediate reversal of the IUD placement procedure to improve your pregnancy chances.

IUD Placement and Menstrual Problems

A hormonal IUD placement is a proven remedy for menstrual complications. A Mirena is FDA-approved as a viable remedy for heavy periods. Hormonal IUDs can be used to regulate your menstrual cycle in case of irregular periods. Some women get heavier periods after a copper IUD placement procedure, hence creating a personalized approach.

In conclusion, if you have concerns about birth control options and possible discomfort, contact Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, to book an appointment today.