IUD Insertion and Removal

Intrauterine Devices (IUD) are apparatuses that are placed inside of the uterus to block egg fertilization. Some women prefer IUDs due to how long they last once inserted. IUDs last, on average, 3 to 6 years and some can last even longer. They also come in hormonal and non-hormonal form. The effectiveness of IUDs tends to be much higher than other forms of contraception due to not relying on daily or monthly consumption or administration. The failure rate for IUDs vary by brand but have an average failure rate of less than 1%.

IUDs are inserted into the uterus by our physician. ACWC must first ensure that the patient does not have any infections that can be worsened by the insertion of the IUD. The infections include but are not limited to: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, or any infection that can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Once the patient is cleared or treated for infections, our physician will insert the IUD.

The physician will access the uterus by inserting a speculum into the vagina, she will then insert a tube that contains the IUD into the cervix and uterus. She will remove the tube leaving the IUD inside of the uterus. There will be strings that are left outside the cervix which will be clipped to a length that will make the IUD accessible by a physician, but short enough not to be disruptive to your everyday life, or sexual activity. There will be cramping associated with the process of insertion, but an IUD should not be noticeable day to day. The IUD is particularly effective because the hormones released thicken the uterine lining making egg fertilization practically impossible.

Once the IUD has been removed there is no waiting period, the patient’s menstrual cycle should resume as normal, and fertility should not be affected. As such, ACWC offers IUD removal services to our patients as well. IUD removal is for those women seeking to start their families, those who are looking to try other birth control methods, or those women who are removing an IUD for the purposes of having a new one inserted.