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IUD vs. Birth Control Pills: Which Contraceptive Method Is Right For You?

Birth control medications When it comes to choosing the right birth control method, you have options. At Northwest Women’s Center, we are proud to be able to offer both intrauterine devices (IUD) and birth control medication. While both methods are effective, their differences can influence which one is right for you.

Read on to learn more about IUDs and birth control medication and their key differences.

What Are the Benefits of an IUD

IUDs are some of the most effective birth control methods available today, with over 99% effectiveness in some instances. There are two types of IUDs: copper and hormonal. While hormonal IUDs stop or lighten your period, copper IUDs are effective only in repelling sperm, meaning you will still get your monthly period.

IUDs are also effective in maintaining your birth control without requiring a daily pill. . Once inserted, the IUD will protect against pregnancy without any need for intervention on your part.

Another benefit of IUDs is the immediacy of reversal. If you decide you want to remove your device, it can be taken out without any harm to your fertility levels. One study demonstrated virtually no effect on fertility after IUD removal.

What Are the Benefits of Birth Control Medications?

Birth control medications offer a hormonal method to prevent pregnancy. Because of this, they do not offer immediate prevention unless you begin taking them within the early days of your period. Otherwise, you must take the pill for seven days before protection begins. However, once protection begins, birth control medication offers tremendous protection, with the pill being 99% effective when taken properly.

One main benefit of the pill compared to an IUD is a pain-free process. While not everyone finds an IUD insertion painful or uncomfortable, some may. Birth control medication, on the other hand, involves no procedure.

Find Your Birth Control Solution at Northwest Women’s Center

At the Northwest Women’s Center, a team of experienced doctors is waiting to answer your questions and provide exceptional care. To learn more about your birth control options, visit us at Northwest Women’s Center, serving Houston, TX, and the surrounding areas.

To schedule an appointment, please call Northwest Women’s Center at 281-444-3440.

Schedule A Consultation

New to our practice and want to schedule an appointment? Contact us by calling our office.

For existing patients, please contact us through the Patient Portal.

What happens in a consultation?

01. Get to know your Northwest Women’s Center physician.

02. Discuss your unique goals and concerns.

03. Receive a personalized procedure plan.

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