The intrauterine device (IUD) is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) that’s considered one of the most effective methods of preventing unintended pregnancies. Dr. Inga Zilberstein, MD, PLLC, in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, performs IUD placement. The board-certified OB/GYN also offers Nexplanon®, which is a LARC device she places under the skin in your arm. To learn more about IUD placement, call the office or book an appointment online today.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a form of birth control that Dr. Zilberstein places in your uterus to prevent unintended pregnancies. There are two types of IUDs: hormonal and non-hormonal.
A hormonal IUD contains progesterone. Hormonal IUDs prevent pregnancy by thickening the cervical mucus, preventing sperm from fertilizing an egg, and thinning the wall of your uterus to prevent implantation.
Once in place, hormonal IUDs prevent pregnancy for 3-6 years. Dr. Zilberstein uses several brands of hormonal IUDs, including Mirena®, Skyla®, Kyleena®, and Liletta®.
Non-hormonal IUDs contain copper, which is a natural spermicide. These types of IUDs prevent pregnancy by stopping the sperm from reaching the egg.
Dr. Zilberstein uses Paragard® for her patients who want a non-hormonal IUD, which prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years.
An IUD placement is a quick in-office procedure that usually takes no more than 15 minutes.
IUD placement is performed while a patient is in a regular position for a pelvic exam. A vaginal speculum is used in a usual fashion as it is during a Pap smear exam. All IUDs are very thin in diameter, and therefore, they are easily inserted inside the uterus.
You may feel some cramping during your IUD placement.
Nexplanon is a birth control implant that contains progesterone. It is a small rod-shaped device about 7 cm in length and 3 mm in diameter. Dr. Zilberstein places Nexplanon under the skin in your upper arm while you’re under local anesthesia.
Your Nexplanon placement is quick and virtually painless.
Nexplanon is effective for three years.
To learn more about IUD or Nexplanon placement and if it’s right for you, call the office of Dr. Inga Zilberstein, MD, PLLC, or book an appointment online today.