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Intrauterine Device (IUD) Specialist

Patrick L. Allen, MD, II, PLLC

Gynecologists located in Richland Hills, TX

Are you considering an intrauterine device as an option for long-term birth control? At the Patrick L. Allen, MD, II, PLLC Gynecology practice, our skilled women’s health providers can answer any questions you have about IUDs and insert the device during an appointment. Call our Richland Hills, TX office today.

Intrauterine Device (IUD) Q & A

What is an intrauterine device (IUD)?

An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a long-acting reversible method of birth control that requires the implantation of a small T-shaped device inside the uterus. IUDs are available in hormonal and non-hormonal (wrapped in copper) types, making them a good choice of contraception for women who cannot use estrogen. According to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, IUDs have one of the highest satisfaction and continuation rates for patients out of all types of birth control.

How effective are IUDs?

Studies show that intrauterine devices are a highly effective form of contraception. When they are used correctly, less than 1 out of 100 women will become pregnant in the first year after implantation. Pregnancies that happen with IUD use will generally occur because the device has become dislodged or expelled from the uterus without the woman being aware.

Other benefits of IUDs include greater cost-effectiveness over time, ease of use, reduced risk of ectopic pregnancy and less interruption during intercourse.

The hormonal IUD, in particular, has been proved to reduce heavy menstruation and cramping, may relieve the symptoms of endometriosis, and lower the risk of endometrial cancer. This type of IUD is also not associated with weight gain like other contraceptive methods.

How is an intrauterine device implanted?

Your doctor can insert an IUD in the comfort of his office on an outpatient basis. You can have the procedure done at any time, except for during pregnancy or in the event of a pelvic infection. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes.

You will undress below the waist and lie on an examination table with your feet in stirrups. Your doctor may apply a local anesthetic to the cervix or he may recommend that you take over-the-counter pain meds before the procedure. The IUD is inserted and your doctor may request that you feel for the string to understand what it feels like.

Insurance Plans

We are a contracted provider for many health plans, and we have listed only a few here. Please contact our office at 817-590-8700 if you do not see your Insurance plan listed.

Great West Health Care
Principal Life
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