My goal is to provide convenient and compassionate gynecological care for women and teens. By spending the time to really get to know my patients, I hope to create a high quality physician-patient bond and maximize the level of care my patients receive.
IUDs, or intrauterine devices, are are small, T-shaped devices that are placed inside the uterus to provide long-lasting birth control. A long, plastic “tail” extends into the vaginal canal.
What is an IUD?
How does an IUD work?
IUDs use copper or hormones to prevent the sperm from reaching the egg or to prevent the egg from descending.
How are IUDs inserted?
An IUD can be placed during a normal office visit during a simple procedure that takes just a few minutes to perform. First, your vaginal canal will be gently widened using a speculum. The IUD is inserted through the cervical opening to the uterus. There is a small amount of discomfort with insertion, but this is well managed with Motrin or Advil.
How often does an IUD need to be replaced?
That depends on the type of IUD that's being used. Most IUDs can remain in place from three years to 10 years, and they can be removed whenever you like during a routine office visit.
Are IUDs safe?
Yes, IUDs have been used for many years to provide safe, effective contraception. Once in place, they can remain effective for years, making them a very popular option for birth control.
How can I tell which IUD is right for me?
During your office visit, Dr. Goldberg can discuss the different types of IUDs as well as the advantages of each so you can make an informed decision you feel good about.