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Birth Control 101: All about IUDs

Birth Control 101: Which method is the best for you?
Birth Control 101: All about IUDs

One of the principles of Reproductive Health and Wellness is proper Family Planning. As a woman, you need to be able to plan your family in a way that fits both your needs and your lifestyle. One sure way of doing this is by exercising Birth Control.

There are various Birth Control methods out there. If you’re looking for a way to avoid pregnancy that is effective, safe, and long-lasting; then you may want to consider using an Intrauterine Device or IUD. These devices are shaped like the letter “T”, and are just a little bit bigger than a quarter. They prevent pregnancy by preventing the sperm from reaching and fertilizing eggs. There are five types of IUDs: four of them; “Liletta”, “Kyleena”, “Mirena”, and “Skyla” are devices that release a minute amount of the hormone progestin; also called Levonorgestrel, which is found in many brands of birth control pills. The fifth type of IUD, called ParaGard™, is better known as the “Copper T” IUD because it is made from that metal. It is absolutely hormone-free, and the Copper triggers your immune system to help prevent pregnancy. Most healthy women can use IUDs safely.

There are many benefits to using IUDs, the most significant of which are as follows:

  • They are long-lasting: “Skyla” last for 3 years, “Mirena”, “Liletta”, and “Kyleena” last for 5 years, and ParaGard™ lasts for 10 years.
  • They are convenient: they have one upfront cost for insertion; and once inserted, you and your partner won’t have to think about them.
  • IUDs are safe for women who are breastfeeding; unlike more conventional birth control methods.
  • IUDs are effective: if used correctly, they reduce your chances of getting pregnant to less than 1%.

IUDs are not for everyone, but they do provide an efficient means of preventing unwanted or unplanned pregnancies.

Parkmed NYC is a physician-owned clinic licensed by the New York State Department of Health as a Diagnostic and Treatment Center dedicated to providing quality reproductive health care services for women such as Birth Control Services, Abortion Services, STD Testing, and Pelvic Pain Treatment. Call us up at 212-686-6066, or contact us online for all of your inquiries and for more information.