Dr. Dennis Roberts, DO, helps women in Indio, California, and surrounding areas with intrauterine device placement and a variety of other birth control options. To learn which form of birth control is best suited to your lifestyle, call the office to book an appointment, or use the online scheduler.
IUD is short for intrauterine device. It’s a form of birth control that is placed into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. IUDs are T-shaped and made of plastic. Two types of IUDs are commonly used:
A hormone-releasing IUD consistently emits the hormone progestin to prevent egg fertilization.
Copper and sperm don’t mix. The copper IUD creates an environment that’s not conducive for sperm to survive the trip to fertilize an egg.
IUDs are a popular birth control choice because they offer many benefits:
Dr. Roberts performs a quick pelvic exam to evaluate positioning and measure your uterus. He’ll sterilize your uterus to prepare it to receive the IUD. He places a speculum in your vagina to reach the cervix and uses a tube to place the IUD through your cervix and into your uterus.
A small string extends from the IUD in the uterus much like a tampon string. Dr. Roberts trims the string until it just barely extends below the cervix. Your partner won’t see, feel, or know the string is there.
You may receive a local numbing agent during the procedure. It’s possible that you’ll feel some cramping and mild pain, but it quickly subsides. For a few days after Dr. Roberts places your IUD, you may have light spotting and need to wear a pad.
If you are unable to wear an IUD or if you prefer a different method, Dr. Roberts can help you choose what’s best for your needs from a wide array of birth control options. Birth control is classified as either short or long-acting.
Varieties available to you include:
Your choice of a birth control method is personal and significant. Dr. Roberts expertly guides you through your options. Call the office to book a consultation, or use the online scheduler to make your appointment.