If you’re sexually active but want to avoid pregnancy or reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, an intrauterine device, or IUD, might be a good match for you. At Healthworx Family Clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma, Michelle Sturdivant, NP, prescribes IUDs or other birth control methods based on your personalized needs. No insurance? No problem! This family medicine practice offers affordable cash-pay pricing for patients without insurance and is open late on Tuesday evenings for added convenience. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.
An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a long-lasting, FDA-approved, reversible birth control. It’s a T-shaped plastic or copper device that fits inside your uterus, where it remains in place for up to five years. Michelle removes it if you’d like to become pregnant or you’ve chosen another birth control option.
IUDs work to prevent pregnancy by thickening the mucus in your cervix, which prevents sperm from fertilizing or reaching an egg. It also thins your uterine lining and partially suppresses ovulation. IUDs aren’t 100% effective for pregnancy prevention, but significantly reduce your risk of becoming pregnant by 99%.
IUDs offer numerous benefits for women, such as:
Because of the numerous benefits associated with IUDs, many women use them for reasons other than contraception. IUDs are available in hormonal and non-hormonal types. Michelle discusses the pros and cons of each with you to help you make an informed decision.
If you and Michelle decide an IUD is right for you, she reviews your medical history and completes a pelvic exam prior to IUD placement in the Healthworx Family Clinic office. She might screen you for sexually transmitted diseases if you’re sexually active, or have you take a pregnancy test.
Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever before the procedure helps reduce cramping. The IUD procedure involves Michelle inserting a speculum into your vagina, cleaning your cervix with an antiseptic solution, and placing the IUD inside your uterus through the cervical canal with an applicator. After she removes the applicator, the IUD remains in place.
Each month, check to make sure IUD strings that protrude from your cervix are still in place but don’t pull on the strings. Michelle may examine you within a month to ensure the IUD hasn’t moved out of place. It typically remains in your uterus for up to five years, but Michelle can remove it any time.
An IUD offers numerous benefits but isn’t for everybody. Michelle lets you know if you’re a good candidate for it. She may discourage IUD use if you have uterine or cervical cancer, breast cancer, liver disease, uterine abnormalities, a pelvic infection, or unexplained vaginal bleeding.
To find out if an IUD is right for you, call Healthworx Family Clinic today or book an appointment online. Michelle also completes annual wellness visits, treats women’s health issues, and cares for menopause patients.