If you’d like to prevent pregnancy or if you have a hormone imbalance, turn to Women's Healthcare of Garden City in Garden City, New York. Obstetrics and gynecology physician John Gomes, MD, offers hormonal and non-hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) to reduce your chance of getting pregnant and eliminate unpleasant symptoms. Call the office at 516-222-8883 to schedule an appointment today.
IUDs, or intrauterine devices, are tiny T-shaped devices that Dr. Gomes places through your vagina into your uterus. IUDs can prevent pregnancy by releasing hormones. Non-hormonal copper IUDs also reduce the risk of getting pregnant when you’re sexually active.
IUDs work by thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching your egg. They can deter sperm from reaching eggs in other ways too, or thin your uterus lining.
Dr. Gomes might suggest that you try IUDs to reduce:
To find out if you’re a candidate for an IUD, Dr. Gomes reviews your medical history and symptoms with you. He checks your vital signs and completes a physical exam, including a pelvic exam, before personalizing a treatment that’s best for you.
He may also recommend a pregnancy test, ultrasound, hysteroscopy, or other diagnostic procedures.
During IUD implantation, you relax in a comfortable reclining chair. Dr. Gomes inserts IUDs under ultrasonic guidance that assists in a more accurate, and often easier, procedure.
You might feel cramping or dizziness during the procedure. Dr. Gomes trims the strings that hang down out of your uterus into the vaginal opening.
IUDs can remain in place for 5-10 years or longer, depending on the type of IUD that you receive. Dr. Gomes can remove the IUD if you’d like to get pregnant or if you’re no longer sexually active. To remove it, he uses special forceps to grasp the strings attached to the device and pull out the IUD through your vagina.
To learn more about IUDs and find out if they’re right for you, call the Women's Healthcare of Garden City office at 516-222-8883 to schedule an appointment today.