IUD Specialist

Dr. Dennis Roberts

OB-GYNs located in Indio, CA

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 Q & A

Dr. Dennis Roberts

What is an IUD?

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:

Hormone-releasing IUD

A hormone-releasing IUD consistently emits the hormone progestin to prevent egg fertilization.

Copper IUD

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.

 

What are the benefits of an IUD?

IUDs are a popular birth control choice because they offer many benefits:

  • The chance of getting pregnant plummets to only 1%
  • There’s a one-time fee
  • No adjustments are needed
  • They last 3-10 years
  • They’re safe for breastfeeding mothers
  • They don’t interfere with intercourse

 

How is an IUD inserted?

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.

 

What other forms of birth control are available?

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:

  • Shots
  • Rings
  • Patches
  • Pills
  • Sponges
  • Implants
  • Condoms
  • Caps
  • Diaphragm
  • Tubal ligation
  • Spermicide
  • Vasectomy

 

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.