We offer safe and gentle IUD insertions and removals
Want safe and effective birth control you don't have to think about taking every day, every week, or even every year? That's an IUD. We offer patients a choice of IUDs: Mirena®, ParaGard®, Skyla® and Liletta™.
IUDs are 99.9% effective for preventing pregnancy for three, five, or 10 years, depending on which one you choose. Only you and your nurse practitioner can decide which IUD is right for you.
What Is an IUD?
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are tiny, T-shaped devices made of soft, flexible plastic. A nurse practitioner will insert an IUD into your uterus during an office visit. After insertion, an IUD can prevent pregnancy for several years. Other than a once-monthly string check that you do at home, there is nothing else you have to do.
Some women also have shorter, lighter, or no periods within a few months of getting one of the hormonal IUDs. An IUD is comfortable for you and your partner. In general, women who are prone to pelvic infection are not good candidates for IUDs.
IUD Insertion & Removal
The board-certified nurse practitioners at FamilyCare of Kent (WA) use a gentle approach to IUD insertion to minimize pain and discomfort. We offer the availability of a local anesthetic during the insertion procedure. Patients are also welcome to bring someone to be with them during the procedure.
When you want to become pregnant or need a new device, the IUD removal procedure is generally very brief with minimal discomfort. If desired, a new IUD can be inserted at the same visit.
An IUD expulsion is when the device is pushed out of the uterus by the body. A 2014 study that looked at expulsion rates for IUDs had some surprising news: Never-pregnant women age 20 and above had the lowest rate of expulsion versus those who had had one or more children.
For those never pregnant the expulsion rate is 3.2/100 compared to those who have had one or more children where the expulsion rate is 7.9/100. An excellent summary of the study can be reviewed online.
Types of IUDs