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Forgetting the Pill? Try an IUD Instead

Do you have problems remembering to take your birth control pill at the same time every day? Nervous about using natural family-planning methods? If you are looking for a form of birth control that you do not have to think about every day but that is still safe and effective, you may want to consider talking to Dr. Alqulali about getting an IUD, or intrauterine device.

IUDs are birth control devices implanted into the uterus. They are T-shaped, made of plastic or metal, and come with or without hormones. They have a 99 percent effective rate in preventing unwanted pregnancies. Depending on the brand of IUD you choose, the birth control benefits of your IUD can last between three and six years. 

Who can get an IUD?

Most women can get an IUD, but there are a few factors that may limit some individuals from using one, such as:

•    Cervical or uterine cancer or a history of these conditions

•    Unexplained vaginal bleeding (not menstrual bleeding)

•    Untreated sexually transmitted disease or pelvic infection

•    Hemorrhagic bleeding disorders like hemophilia, menorrhagia, Von Willebrand’s disease and purpuras.

Women who are allergic to copper or have Wilson’s disease are also not candidates for the Paraguard IUD, and women who have had breast cancer in the past should avoid IUDs that contain hormones, like the Mirena.

What are the side effects of an IUD?

Just like the side effects of hormonal birth control, the side effects of an IUD vary from woman to woman, but commonly include:

•    Irregular periods and changes in menstrual flow, especially in the weeks after having your IUD inserted

•    Breakthrough bleeding and spotting between periods

•    Pelvic pain

•    Headache

•    Nausea, vomiting and bloating

•    Mood swings and depression

•    Changes in hair and skin

•    Weight gain

Will having an IUD make it hard to conceive later?

The birth control effects of the IUD are reversible. If you decide you want to become pregnant in the future, you can have your IUD removed and begin trying to conceive. However, it can take four months to one year after taking an IUD out to get pregnant.

Do you want to learn more about IUDs or other birth control options? Call Dr. Alqulali today at 888-716-0559.

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