Why Many Women are Choosing the IUD for their Birth Control

At Signature Women’s Healthcare, we know choosing the right form of birth control is highly personal. Our experienced OB/GYNs, Jacquline Hayles-Patterson, MD and Tyndal M. Jones, MD, understand you have your own unique lifestyles, health concerns, and medical needs. That’s why our team offers a wide range of contraception choices to women in Lawrenceville and Lithonia, Georgia, including:



Among all of the choices available, one of the most popular birth control options among women is the IUD (intrauterine device). This convenient device is highly effective and doesn’t require remembering to take a pill at the same time every day.


To help you better understand why many women are choosing the IUD for their birth control method, we’ve put together this informative guide. Read on to learn more!

What is an IUD?

An intrauterine device is a small medical device shaped like a T. This quarter-sized device is implanted in minutes into the wall of your uterus during a quick office visit. 


There are two types of IUDs to choose from: non-hormonal IUDs that use copper to repel sperm, and hormonal IUDs that release hormones similar to the hormones in other types of birth control.

Why do many women choose an IUD?

Women choose different forms of birth control for many different reasons. Here are some of the top reasons many women choose to use an IUD:

1. Convenience that’s hard to beat

With an IUD, you don’t need to remember to take a pill at the same time every day or suffer from the inconvenience of a barrier method. Once it’s in place, your IUD provides continual protection without any added effort. What’s more? You won’t even notice it’s there during regular activities or sexual intercourse. 

2. Pregnancy protection that lasts and lasts

IUDs offer long-lasting protection from pregnancy. Depending on the type of IUD you select, you’ll be safe from conceiving for up to 10 years. The best part? If you change your mind and want to get pregnant, you’ll be able to conceive immediately once your OB/GYN at Signature Women’s Healthcare removes your device.

3. Extreme effectiveness

Studies show IUDs have an effectiveness rate of over 99%. Because IUDs don’t require you to take any steps after they’re inserted, they have a higher effectiveness rating than any non-hormonal and hormonal alternatives, like the pill, vaginal ring, or patch. In fact, the only method more effective is abstinence.

4. Lighter periods

If you have heavy, painful periods or suffer from endometriosis, hormonal IUDs can offer relief. Hormonal IUDs thin the lining of your uterus, which reduces cramping and lightens menstrual flow. Depending on which IUD you choose, and the dose of hormones it releases, your periods may stop altogether. 

5. Easy as 1-2-3

Having an IUD placed is nothing to fear. Your OB/GYN inserts it during a quick outpatient office visit. It’s typically over quickly, and most women tolerate the procedure well. 


Cramps during and after insertion are normal, and you can take ibuprofen to alleviate any discomfort. There’s no downtime required, and you’ll be able to resume normal activities, including sex, immediately. 

How can I learn more about IUDs?

If you want to learn more about IUDs, it helps to talk to a provider experienced in all aspects of women’s health. Our OB/GYNs take the time to listen to your concerns and answer all your questions to help you decide which option is right for you.

If you’re ready to learn more about IUDs and whether they might be the right choice for you, call the Signature Women’s Healthcare office nearest to you or book an appointment online now!

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