Arizona Women's Health Partners
OB-GYNs located in Mesa, AZ
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a type of birth control placed inside the lining of the uterus. Thomas Bickley, DO, and Eericca Bickley, DO, of Arizona Women’s Health Partners offer IUDs to women in Mesa, AZ and serving Gilbert, AZ, and the surrounding area. Women can make an appointment to discuss IUDs by contacting Arizona Women’s Health Partners today.
What is an IUD?
An IUD is a small device shaped like a “T” that’s placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. These devices can effectively prevent pregnancy for many years when left in place. Two primary types of IUDs exist:
Hormonal IUDs work by releasing hormones that thicken cervical mucus and prevent ovulation. Copper IUDs work by preventing sperm cells from reaching the egg.
How effective is an IUD?
As long as an IUD remains in place, it’s more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. However, if the IUD falls out, patients need to make an appointment to have it replaced immediately.
How is an IUD inserted?
During the insertion procedure, Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca may offer the patient medication to numb the cervix. The doctor will place a speculum in the vagina to make the cervix accessible, and then they will insert the IUD into the uterus using a special insertion device. The entire process usually takes only five to 10 minutes, and patients experience very little discomfort.
IUDs provide protection for 3-12 years, depending on the brand. Patients should have IUDs replaced after this period if they want to continue preventing pregnancy.
What are the risks?
In rare cases, IUDs may cause complications, including:
- Infection caused by bacteria introduced during the insertion process
- Migration of the IUD through the wall of the uterus
- Ectopic pregnancy
IUDs can sometimes slip out. When this occurs, unintended pregnancy becomes more likely. If patients notice that an IUD has fallen out, they should contact Arizona Women’s Health Partners immediately.
What should patients do when they want to become pregnant?
If a patient decides to become pregnant, the IUD needs to be removed. Patients can call Arizona Women’s Health Partners to schedule the removal procedure at their convenience. During this procedure, Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca simply pulls on the IUD’s string, causing the device to fold up and slip out of the uterus. In rare cases, the IUD may not come out easily, and surgery may be necessary to remove it.
Women can have their IUD removed at any time. After the device is removed, fertility returns almost immediately.
*We accept the majority of health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions. Please note to check with your insurance or call the office to make certain that we are on your specific insurance plan as they are constantly changing.*