IUDs and implants can be convenient and effective forms of birth control for many women. Old Farm Obstetrics and Gynecology in Salt Lake City, Utah, provides safe, in-office IUD and implant insertion to provide women with a wide array of birth control options suited to their lifestyles.
IUD stands for an intrauterine device, a T-shaped device that is implanted in the uterus during a simple, in-office procedure. At one end of the IUD is a long plastic “tail” that extends into the vaginal canal. Prior to having sex, women who have IUDs should ensure the string is still there so they know the IUD is still in place and has not fallen out (a relatively uncommon occurrence).
IUDs feature tiny copper coils that work by altering the chemical composition of the cervical and uterine fluid and mucus, making the environment inhospitable or “unfriendly” to sperm. Some IUDs also use hormones to provide additional protection against becoming pregnant. Hormone IUDs cause the cervical mucus to thicken, making it much more difficult for sperm to penetrate and reach the uterus and the eggs.
Implantation of an IUD begins just like a pelvic exam, using a speculum to gently widen the vaginal canal. The IUD is inserted into the uterus through the cervix in a procedure which takes just a few minutes. Some women may experience cramping or mild discomfort while the IUD is being inserted into the uterus, and a local anesthetic can be injected to numb the cervix if needed to prevent discomfort.
A birth control implant is a matchstick-sized device that is placed under the skin of the arm and which releases hormones over time. Implants can remain in place for several years and can be easily removed by the doctor when they need to be replaced.
Implants are inserted just beneath the skin of the upper arm in a quick procedure performed in the office. Prior to inserting the implant device, the area of the arm will be numbed, so there is no discomfort. Afterward, a small bandage will be placed over the insertion site which can be removed soon afterward.
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