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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.