IUD

Julia Raber, MD

Gynecologist located in New Hyde Park, NY

If you’re interested in finding long-term birth control that isn’t permanent, an intrauterine device, or IUD, provides an ideal solution. This small, T-shaped device — which is one of the most effective forms of birth control available — can remain in your uterus for several years, and is easily removed once you’re ready to start a family. Board-certified gynecologist Dr. Julia Raber provides comprehensive IUD services, including insertion and removal, at her renowned boutique practice in New Hyde Park, NY. To learn more, call or book your appointment online today.

IUD Q & A

How does an IUD prevent pregnancy?

An IUD is a small T-shaped contraceptive implement that’s positioned in your uterus to prevent sperm from reaching an egg. IUDs are categorized as a type of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC), in that they’re designed to be left in place for several years, but can be removed by a gynecologist at any time.

There are two general types of IUDs:

  • Copper-releasing IUD: In addition to physically blocking sperm from reaching an egg, a copper-releasing IUD also emits copper ions, which are toxic to sperm. Copper IUDs begin working immediately, and can stay in place for as long as 10 years. Dr. Raber offers PARAGARD® copper IUDs, which are over 99% effective for up to 10 years.  
  • Progestin-releasing IUD: Like all IUDs, this type also obstructs sperm movement. It also helps prevent pregnancy by releasing progestin, a hormone that prevents ovulation. Progestin IUDs begin working seven days after insertion, and can stay in place for three to five years. Dr. Raber offers Mirena® and Kyleena® hormone-releasing IUDs, both of which are over 99% effective for up to five years.

What are the benefits of using an IUD?

Because they’re rated more than 99% effective at preventing unintended pregnancy, IUDs qualify as the most effective form of birth control available. They’re even more effective than popular short-term hormonal methods like the pill or the patch.

IUDs are a viable solution for almost all women, and using one means you won’t have to think about birth control every day or each time you’re intimate. It won’t restrict your sexual activity or response, either, as neither you nor your partner will be able to tell it’s there.

An IUD can be put in place immediately following childbirth, a miscarriage, or an abortion. It can also be removed by a gynecologist when you decide you’d like to stop using it or start a family.

Progestin IUDs can help regulate your period and reduce menstrual symptoms, while copper IUDs are the most effective form of emergency contraception following unprotected sex or failed birth control. Using either type may help reduce your risk of cervical cancer.

How is an IUD inserted?

Before you receive an IUD, it’s important to undergo a comprehensive physical exam to verify that you’re a good candidate for the device.

To place an IUD, Dr. Raber places it in a thin plastic tube and inserts it into your vagina. She then guides it through your cervix and into your uterus, withdraws the tube, and leaves the T-shaped device in place.

IUDs have two small strings that are left hanging from your cervix, inside your vagina. These strings, which you can’t feel or see, are what Dr. Raber uses to remove the device when the time comes.

To find out more about the benefits of IUDs, call Dr. Raber’s New Hyde Park office today, or make an appointment using the convenient online booking feature.