IUD birth control has become a common form of contraception for many women in the U.S. Many women considering IUD birth control in the San Francisco Bay Area are satisfied patients of board-certified gynecologist and obstetrician Dr. Helen Matthews in San Ramon, CA,. She has advised many women on their contraception options.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a flexible, small device that is inserted into the uterus. It works by preventing sperm from reaching and fertilizing eggs. If used correctly, IUD birth control reduces the risk of pregnancy by more than 99 percent. IUDs do not, however, protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STD).
You can choose between a copper IUD (ParaGard) or a hormonal IUD that releases small amounts of progestin (Liletta, Mirena, or Skyla). The ParaGard is effective for 12 years, while the hormonal IUDs Liletta and Skyla are effective for three years. The Mirena IUD is effective for six years.
IUD birth control is inexpensive and is the longest lasting form of contraception. IUDs are less hassle than the pill, which you have to remember to take, and you can breastfeed while an IUD is in place. Copper IUDs do not affect your hormones. Women using hormonal IUDs may experience less menstrual cramping and/or lighter periods.
IUDs are generally safe to use, but as with all medical devices, there are potential side effects. These may include:
In rare cases, the IUD may slip out of the uterus or push through the uterine wall. Infection can also develop in the area of insertion. Talk to your doctor if you develop any side effects of concern.
IUD birth control is not for everyone. If you are unsure if an IUD is right for you, feel free to call the practice of Dr. Helen Matthews to make an appointment. Many women considering IUD birth control in the San Ramon area have sought the advice of Dr. Matthews, who specializes in all areas of women’s health. She can answer any questions you have regarding IUD birth control and other contraceptive options for women.
At the office of Dr. Helen Matthews, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"I saw Dr. Matthews for the birth of my second child and she was excellent. She thoroughly asked how I felt, examined me, was kind to my child who came with me..."
"I'm pregnant with my first child, and have emailed Dr. Matthews several times with different questions. Each time she's gotten back to me within a couple hours."
"Dr. Matthews is AWESOME. She is very personable, cheerful, knowledgeable and makes you feel so comfortable."
"Dr. Matthews is truly the best obstetrician I have met. She delivered my second child, and will be delivering my third. She was very attentive to all of my needs..."