Progressive Care For Women -  - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Progressive Care For Women

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Downtown Chicago, IL

When it comes to preventing pregnancy, the intrauterine device (IUD) is one of the most effective. The experienced women’s health team at Progressive Care for Women, located in downtown Chicago, offers the IUD as a contraception option to help you with your family planning. To schedule a consultation to see if the IUD is right for you, call the office today or book an appointment online.


What is an IUD?

An IUD is a long-term reversible birth control device that your specialist implants in your uterus. Once it’s in, you don’t have to do anything else, making it one of the most effective forms of birth control available.

There are two primary types of IUDs:

Hormonal IUDs

Hormonal IUDs contain progestin, which is a hormone similar to progesterone. These types of IUDs prevent pregnancy by keeping sperm away from your egg. Hormonal IUDs also help alleviate painful periods.

Nonhormonal IUDs

Nonhormonal IUDs contain copper, which is a metal that is toxic to sperm. Like the hormonal IUDs, nonhormonal IUDs help stop the sperm from reaching your egg

Your specialist can help you determine the best type of IUD for you.

Am I a good candidate for the IUD?

Your specialist at Progressive Care for Women offers contraception counseling and can help you determine if the IUD makes the best birth control method for you. The team reviews your pregnancy plans, sexual activity, and overall health to help you determine if the IUD is right for you.

If you’re looking for a simple method of birth control that’s effective and easily reversible, then you may want to contact the team at Progressive Care for Women to discuss the IUD.

Does implantation of the IUD hurt?

You may feel cramping or pain during your IUD placement, but any discomfort lasts for only a minute or two. The entire procedure only takes five minutes.

During the placement of your IUD, your specialist has you sit on the gynecology table and inserts a speculum to separate your vagina. Then, your specialist uses a special inserter to place the IUD through your cervix and into your uterus.

Some IUDs are effective at preventing pregnancy right away, while others take about seven days. Your specialist will tell you when it’s safe for you to have sex without other means of birth control.

What happens when my IUD is removed?

Removal of your IUD is even simpler than placement. During removal, your specialist tugs on the string of your IUD and pulls the device out. You shouldn’t feel any discomfort after your IUD is removed, though you may experience some spotting.

Once the IUD is removed you can get pregnant right away. If you’re not planning on becoming pregnant, you should use an alternative method of birth control.

Call Progressive Care for Women today or book an appointment online to see if the IUD is the birth control for you.