After your first or even fifth child, there may come a time when you feel your family is complete. You can continue to take the pill, the patch, the shot, or whatever temporary birth control you like. But, options like the IUD, or more permanent and effective options to keep your family the exact number it needs to be for you.
ParaGuard – The Copper IUD
Of all the options, the ParaGuard is the least invasive. This non-hormonal, intrauterine device is placed in the uterus. It is the most effective and reversible birth controls on the market. Wrapped in just a tiny bit of copper, it protects you from pregnancy from 10-12 years. The ParaGuard IUD is the perfect option if you aren’t sure you want to have (more) children, but want to reserve the option to change your mind in the future. Women can sometimes experience cramping or backaches for the first few days following insertion, spotting between periods, and/or heavier or worse periods and menstrual cramps. In very rare cases, the IUD can dislodged, or may even expel from the uterus. If that happens, contact your doctor and discuss your options.
Essure – Hormone-Free Permanent Sterilization
Essure is a small spring-like device that is inserted into both fallopian tubes. A doctor will use a thin tube of thread to push the device through the vagina into the uterus, and then into each fallopian tube. In the device is a mesh-like substance that irritates the lining of the tubes, which will cause scarring over time that will permanently block them. This procedure will take place in a doctor’s office without the need for general anesthesia.
Scarring will take place over time Therefore you should take another form of birth control for at least 30 days. An X-ray will verify your fallopian tubes are blocked. Many women experience changes in their periods and some discomfort in their lower belly.
In a hospital, or a surgical clinic, you are placed under general anesthesia, and one or two small incisions are made in your abdomen where the fallopian tubes are cut, tied, clamped, banded, or sealed shut. Tubal Ligations are also performed after childbirth near the navel, or during a cesarean delivery. Patients usually return home within a few hours of the procedure.
An estimated 700,000 American women have a tubal ligation each year. This makes it the most common form of birth control in the US. It is important to know that there are very rare cases where pregnancy can occur after a tubal ligation. If you think you are pregnant, contact your doctor and discuss your risks and options.
These are the most effective forms of birth control, but none will help to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections. Do you have any more questions about birth control options? Contact the medical professionals at Miami OBGYN for an unbiased, non-judgmental overview of your options.Leave a reply →