IUD Specialist

M. Mercedes Sayago, MD -  - Gynecologist

Newport Beach Women's Wellness Center

M. Mercedes Sayago, MD

Gynecologist & Medical Spa located in Orange County, Newport Beach, CA

If you don’t want children now, but may decide you do in the future, ask Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago at Newport Beach Women’s Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California, about one of the two available intrauterine devices (IUDs). Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago implants this small device in your uterus, and it prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years, depending on the type. You can choose to make an IUD-removal appointment at any time. For more information call or go online today.

IUD Q & A

What is an IUD?

An IUD is a quarter-sized, T-shaped piece of plastic. When placed inside the uterus, it prevents pregnancy by hindering a sperm from fertilizing the egg.

There are two types of IUDs available for you. One is copper and the other releases the hormone progesterone.

How does an IUD work?

The copper-coated IUD prevents pregnancy by not allowing the sperm to fertilize the egg. If you choose the type coated with progesterone, it also thickens your cervical mucus, thins your uterine lining, and can prevent you from ovulating.

Progesterone devices work for three to five years. A copper IUD works for up to 10 years.

A medical professional inserts an IUD through your vagina in a procedure that takes less than five minutes. As long as it’s implanted correctly, an IUD words better than every other method of pregnancy prevention. The failure rate is less than one in 100 women ending up with an unplanned pregnancy.

Neither the copper-coated nor the progesterone IUD protect against sexually transmitted diseases. If this lack of protection concerns you, use a condom in addition to the IUD.

Are there side effects associated with IUDs?

When first inserted, some women complain of mild discomfort, cramping, or spotting. However, these symptoms tend to dissipate over a few weeks or months. Additionally, the copper IUD can make periods heavier, at least for the first few months.

If you opt for the progesterone IUD, your period may completely disappear while it’s in place. However, an IUD can leave you with PMS-like symptoms, including headaches, acne, nausea, and breast tenderness.

Are there other benefits to an IUD?

While the main use of IUDs is contraception, Dr.Sayago may also recommend one if you suffer from heavy bleeding, anemia, painful periods, or endometriosis.

If you're thinking about an IUD as your family planning method, call or click today to make an appointment with Dr.Sayago.