IUD Specialist

William Garcia, MD -  - OBGYN

William Garcia, MD

OBGYN located in Vienna, VA

If you’re searching for a birth control option that requires little in the way of pre-planning or maintenance, an intrauterine device, or IUD, might be a great fit. William Garcia, MD, offers IUDs as one of many birth control options and can help women from in and around Vienna, Virginia, find the right approach. To learn more, schedule a visit using the easy online tool or by calling the office to check appointment availability.

IUD Q & A

What is an IUD?

An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a long-term birth control option that relies on a small device that fits inside your uterus. Used correctly, an IUD offers a better than 99% effective rate.

There are currently five different types of IUDs available in the American market. Four of those options work by releasing a small volume of progestin into your body on a continual basis. Progestin is a hormone present in many types of birth control pills. These IUDs interfere with sperm movement, making it hard for fertilization to occur.  

The fifth option is made of copper. This approach uses no hormones but instead stimulates your immune system to help prevent pregnancy.

What are the benefits of an IUD?

You have many options when it comes to choosing a method of birth control. An IUD offers multiple benefits, including:

  • Effective protection without the need to plan or think about your birth control
  • Safe to use while breastfeeding
  • One upfront, fixed cost
  • Lasting protection
  • No negative effects on long-term fertility

As with all birth control options, there are also some disadvantages, including:

No protection from sexually transmitted disease

  • Risk of heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Not a good option for women with a history of breast cancer or liver disease

Some women may not be good candidates for an IUD based on the shape or size of their uterus.

What is the procedure for getting an IUD?

Having an IUD inserted is a relatively swift procedure. It may be uncomfortable, but there is no significant pain involved.

Dr. Garcia uses a speculum to gently open your vaginal walls, just like during a pelvic exam. He uses a special device to guide the IUD through your vagina and into your uterus. You’ll probably experience some cramping during the procedure, but the entire process takes less than five minutes to complete.

Afterward, you may notice some cramping, backaches, and light spotting, but your body should adjust to the IUD quickly. When the time comes for removal, you’ll need to schedule an appointment to have Dr. Garcia remove your IUD.

If you’re curious about this or any other birth control option, schedule a visit with Dr. Garcia online or by phone.