How Effective is IUD?

Birth control is a sensitive and critical topic in women’s health. It’s essential to have your health provider guide you on the best and most preferred birth control method for you. IUD is among the most effective contraceptive methods in preventing pregnancy. The effects are long-term and reversible. IUDs can also make your periods easier and lighter. Talk to the New York IUD placement specialist Inga Zilberstein, MD, today to get your IUD placed. This blog post will describe more about IUDs and their effectiveness.

What are the different types of IUDs?

IUD, or intrauterine device, is a birth control method placed in the uterus to block pregnancy. Usually, there are two types of IUDs, which include hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs. Hormonal IUD has progesterone hormone. It causes thickening of the cervical mucus, making it hard for the sperm to pass through to fertilize the egg. A hormonal IUD also prevents pregnancy by thinning the uterus wall to block implantation. Hormonal IUDs are effective for up to 6 years. Various hormonal IUDs are available, such as Skyla, Liletta, Mirena, and Kyleena. Non-hormonal IUDs include copper, which acts as a natural spermicide. Non-hormonal IUDs work by preventing the sperm from getting to the egg. Inga Zilberstein, MD, offers Paragard a non-hormonal IUD lasting up to 10 years.

What to expect during the IUD placement?

The IUD placement procedure is fast and occurs within 15 minutes. Your provider performs the procedure as you lie in position for a pelvic exam. They use a vaginal speculum as used during a Pap smear exam. An IUD has a narrow diameter, hence easy to insert in your uterus. You may encounter cramping during the procedure.


It is an implant birth control containing progesterone. Nexplanon is a tiny rod-like device of 3mm diameter and 7cm length, placed underneath your skin on the upper arm. Nexplanon placement only takes a few minutes and occurs under anesthesia; hence comfortable. It lasts for three years.

Advantages of IUDs

IUDs are reversible, and you can remove them anytime you want to get pregnant. They are convenient and cost-effective. The results are effective and make the periods more comfortable. IUDs only prevent pregnancy and do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. You may experience some discomfort during the IUD placement. However, you may encounter backaches and cramping following IUD insertion. Spotting may also be present.

What is the effectiveness of an IUD?

According to research, IUDs have over 99% effective rate. Meaning it provides excellent results to all users. Copper IUDs can prevent pregnancy when placed within five days following unprotected sex.

How fast does IUD start working?

Different IUDs work differently. For instance, ParaGard works immediately after placement to prevent pregnancy. For hormonal IUDs, they are effective immediately when placed during the first seven days of your menstrual cycle. Using a backup contraceptive during the first month after placement may not hurt. A barrier birth control method may also be necessary to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

Family planning is an important aspect of a woman’s reproductive stage. IUDs are among one the most effective family planning methods. They are available in different types. Dr. Zilberstein helps you in choosing the best IUD for you. Call Inga Zilberstein, MD, today to schedule your consultation for IUD placement.