When it comes to birth control, there are seemingly endless options to consider, from pills to sponges to even surgeries. One increasingly popular form of contraception is found in Intrauterine devices, better known as IUDs. With minimal side effects, a high effectiveness rate, and no daily upkeep required, this could be the birth control solution that you've been looking for.
Available from Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, read on to learn more about this convenient and worry-free form of birth control:
What its an IUD?
An IUD is a small, t-shaped implement made from plastic and placed in the uterus by your obstetrician at our Pembroke Pines office. The device works by blocking sperm, either with copper, which serves as a spermicide, or hormones, from fertilizing your eggs after intercourse.
How long does an IUD last?
An IUD is a long-acting contraceptive, effective for up to a decade without the need for removal or replacement.
What are the advantages of an IUD?
Unlike birth control pills, there is no daily maintenance required with an IUD. Once it is inserted by a specialist at our Pembroke Pines office, there is nothing you need to do. You won't be able to feel your IUD and it won't affect your intimacy experiences. There is a very slight chance your partner may feel the tips of the IUD's strings, but it shouldn't be uncomfortable or bothersome. From an effectiveness standpoint, an IUD is one of the most reliable forms of birth control, with a failure rate of under one percent.
Additionally, an IUD is easily removable by a specialist at our Pembroke Pines office, so if you decide that you'd like to try and become pregnant, you will have a little delay in doing so.
What are the risks or side effects of an IUD?
Most users will have no issues with their IUD, but there may be a minor chance of the device becoming expelled from the body, in which case it can be easily placed back in by one of our Pembroke Pines specialists. If you opt for a non-hormonal IUD, you may also experience increased period flow or light spotting between cycles.
If you are searching for the birth control option that best fits your lifestyle, call Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, at 954-961-9993 today to learn more.
A common, painful and frustrating gynecological condition is uterine fibroids. Benign growths stemming from either the internal or external uterine walls, fibroids are fully treatable. At Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, your 5 board-certified physicians help women feel better and regain normal reproductive and sexual function.
How uterine fibroids happen?
Also called leiomyomas, uterine fibroids are vascularized growths of varying sizes, shapes and locations within the female reproductive tract. While most fibroids are located within or right on the uterus, some fibroids may invade the cervix and ovaries.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists report that fibroids typically grow in women of child-bearing years--30 to 40 years of age--and for some reason, African-American women seem more prone to them than do their Caucasian counterparts. Causes of fibroids remain something of a mystery; however, some researchers suspect that alcohol usage and hypertension may contribute to their development.
Symptoms of fibroids
For some women, fibroids cause few to no symptoms. Other women, however, feel very ill, exhibiting:
- Pain with sex
- Lower back pain
- Abdominal bloating
- Difficulty urinating
- Menstrual pain
- Heavy periods
Fibroid symptoms may escalate depending on their size and location and how quickly they grow.
Diagnosis and treatment
At Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, your OB/GYN doctor will examine you and note your symptoms. Ultrasound imaging and/or a hysteroscope examination helps visualize fibroids, along with their location and size. Laparoscopy is a mild surgical procedure that introduces a lighted scope through a small abdominal incision so the doctor may discover fibroids on the outside of the uterus.
With a definitive diagnosis, your doctor will formulate a care plan suited to your needs and projected outcomes. Common treatments are:
- Birth control pills
- IUDs (intrauterine devices) which release progestin
- Myomectomy, or surgical removal of fibroids
- MRI-guided surgery
- Hysterectomy (a last resort solution for very large fibroids)
Find out more
If you suspect you have fibroids, please contact Premiere OBGYN for an evaluation. You can reduce or even eliminate your symptoms. Call (954) 961-9993 today.
As adults, it's important that we find an approach to birth control that is a right fit for our own unique lifestyles. After all, factors such as convenience, ease-of-use, and effectiveness are often all dependent on each user's life situation and preferences. Fortunately, the doctors here at Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, offer a full range of gynecological and obstetric services to help you find the contraceptive method that is right for you!
Birth control methods
There are many types of birth control to choose from, including:
- Birth control pills, which contain pregnancy-preventing hormones.
- Contraceptive skin patches, which gradually release hormones to prevent pregnancy.
- Vaginal rings, which are inserted into the vagina and release hormones.
- Birth control injections, which are administered every 3 to 6 months.
- Birth control implants, which are small rod-like devices that are placed into your upper arm to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years.
- Intrauterine devices, commonly known as IUDs, which either contain hormones or copper; the IUD is placed inside your uterus and can be effective for up to 3 to 5 years if it contains hormones, and up to 10 years if it contains copper.
Other common birth control methods include condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, sponges, and spermicide. Condoms have the additional benefit of protecting against pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases.
Want birth control that fits into your lifestyle? Give us a call!
If you’re not quite ready to start a family, you need safe, reliable birth control—you need the expertise of your gynecologist to help select the birth control method that’s best for you.
To find out more about birth control options and other gynecological services, talk with the professionals. Call the doctors at Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, today at (954) 961-9993.
Not all options work for everyone. Discover the different kinds of contraception from which to choose.
While some women find that hormonal contraception works great for the,m there are others that find the side effects so severe that it’s impossible to take this form of birth control. Of course, there are many options out there and our OBGYN, Premiere OBYN in Pembroke Pines, FL can certainly help you make an informed decision about your reproductive health.
We are fortunate to live in a day and age where there are many different methods for contraception. Here are some of the common ones used.
The pill is one of the most commonly used forms of contraception. While the pill was first created in the 60s, there are now a variety of different options. Some pills contain both estrogen and progestin while others contain only progestin. While the pill won’t protect you against STDs, it can protect against pregnancy. When taken at the same time every day, oral contraceptives can be up to 99 percent effective.
There are condoms available for both men and women. However, the male condom tends to be the most commonly used method. Condoms can protect against pregnancy as well as STDs, which is why it is combined with the contraceptive pill to protect you and your partners from the risk of disease. While condoms are often made from latex, if you have an allergy to latex be sure to talk to your Pembroke Pines, FL gynecologist about other condoms that do not contain latex and are safe to use.
Female condoms are also highly effectively and can be placed for a few hours before having sex. While these condoms are less likely to break than male condom, they are often a bit more expensive.
This barrier method of contraception is inserted into the vagina to prevent sperm from traveling to the uterus. Like the pill, a diaphragm is a great option for protecting against unwanted pregnancy but it will not protect against STDs.
Every time before the diaphragm is inserted, spermicide will need to be applied to it. There are different diaphragm styles and options so it’s important to talk to your OBGYN about whether this is the right method for you.
Intrauterine Device (IUD)
IUDs have become a popular new way to protect against pregnancy. There are two different kinds: a copper device and a hormonal device. IUDs are designed to remain in your vagina for up to 10 years before needing to be replaced. They offer a 99 percent efficacy rate but do not offer protection against STDs, so you’ll still need to use condoms to protect against diseases.
If you have questions about contraception don’t hesitate to reach out to your Pembroke Pines, FL gynecologist. We can sit down and discuss your lifestyle, health and other factors that can help us determine which kind of contraception is right for you and your individual needs.
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