• IUDs: Safe and Effective

    IUDs, or intra-uterine devices, are becoming increasingly popular in gynecology in Washington, D.C. Watch this video to learn why this birth control device is both safe and effective for many women.

    A gynecologist recommends IUDs for healthy women of all ages who would like to prevent pregnancy. An IUD does not ward off vaginal infection or STDs and is only effective in preventing pregnancy. An IUD may be suggested for women who prefer not to take the birth control pill or who have had negative side effects from birth control pills or patches.

    To learn whether an IUD or the traditional birth control pill is right for you, contact a gynecologist with The Washington Surgi-Clinic . You can reach us at (202) 659-9403.

  • How IUDs Work

    If you’re evaluating birth control methods, you may wish to ask your gynecologist about intrauterine devices (IUDs). An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that your gynecologist can insert into your uterus to prevent unwanted pregnancies. IUDs do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so you may still want to talk to a doctor about STD testing. One type of IUD is coated in copper. It works by creating an environment in the uterus that is toxic to sperm.

    As you’ll learn when you watch this video, the other type of IUD slowly releases progesterone to thicken the cervical mucus. The hormonal IUD is effective for up to five years, while the copper IUD is effective for up to 10 years. Before getting an IUD, talk to your gynecologist about the benefits and risks.

    Washington Surgi-Clinic provides a comprehensive range of birth control methods in Washington, D.C., including IUDs, pills, patches, injections, and emergency contraception. Visit our website to view our gynecology services or call us at (202) 659-9403.