Intrauterine Devices are the most commonly used form of reversible birth control worldwide! They are highly effective, long-acting, reversible, safe, and low-maintenance. There are several different kinds of IUDs, but they are all over 99% effective.
What are the options?
Paragard: The Paragard is a non-hormonal IUD that contains copper and is approved for up to 10 years after insertion. It works by preventing sperm from fertilizing an egg, like a spermicide. The Paragard can also be used as the most effective form of emergency contraception up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Side effects can include heavier, longer periods and worse cramping, and these side effects may decrease around six months after insertion.
Mirena, Kyleena and Liletta: These are hormonal IUD options that prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years. They work by releasing a small amount of the hormone progestin that thickens the cervical mucous, which creates a barrier to sperm. People who get hormonal IUDs are more likely to have lighter periods or may stop you from having a period altogether. The most common side effect is abnormal bleeding.
What should I know about an IUD appointments?
An IUD insert appointment typically lasts 40 minutes, during which time you can discuss your options with a nurse or provider. You need to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time for check-in. An IUD cannot be inserted if there is any chance you could be pregnant, so there can’t be any unprotected intercourse for at least two weeks leading up to your appointment. It’s best to drink plenty of fluids, eat a light meal, and take up to 800 mg of Ibuprofen before your appointment to reduce discomfort during the procedure. If possible, have someone available to drive you home after the insertion.
Removals of IUDS usually only take a few minutes, and you can replace your IUD if you would like to continue the method after your previous IUD expires. Fertility quickly returns after an IUD is removed.
Please call the front desk at (406) 587-0681 to schedule an IUD insert appointment. IUD removal can be scheduled by phone or online.