Archive for Paragard IUD

How old do you have to be to get an IUD?

Good question.

Lets talk a little bit about IUDs.

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to effectively prevent pregnancy.

There are two types of IUDs: Hormonal and Non-Hormonal. Hormonal IUDs work by thickening the cervical mucus. The Paragard immobilizes sperm, making it harder for sperm to reach the egg.

IUDs are more than 99% effective for 3-10 years (depending on the IUD). IUDs do not prevent against any STIs!

There is no age minimum to get an IUD. If someone decided they wanted one, they would just need to call and make an appointment to get one. At their visit they will discuss with a provider the different types of IUDs, side effects, and if an IUD would be best for them.

If you want to get an IUD just call us at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment.

How long until a Paragaurd IUD is effective?

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to effectively reduce the risk of pregnancy. An IUD is a T-shaped device that rests in the uterus.  There are two types of IUDs: Hormonal & Non hormonal. The Hormonal IUD works by releasing hormones to prevent ovulation – the process where the ovaries release an egg – and thickening the cervical mucus. The Hormonal IUD is 99% effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy and lasts up to 3 or 5 years! Non Hormonal IUDs are made of copper which makes it hard for sperm to survive. The Non Hormonal IUD contains no hormones, but is also 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 10 years.

The Non Hormonal IUD is effective right away, however, all hormonal forms of birth control (including the Hormonal IUD) take 1 week before they become effective.  During this 1 week a person should use a backup method like abstinence or condoms.

Remember, IUDs do not reduce the risk of STIs. Only condoms and dental dams reduce the risk of STIs.

If you have more questions or want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic give us a call at 303-442-5160

Once you get an IUD, how long should you wait until he can go inside you….

…  In other words, how long until the IUD is effective?

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to effectively reduce the risk of pregnancy. An IUD is a T-shaped device that rests in the uterus.  There are two types of IUDs: Hormonal & Non hormonal. The Hormonal IUD works by releasing hormones to prevent ovulation – the process where the ovaries release an egg – and thickening the cervical mucus. The Hormonal IUD is 99%effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy and lasts up to 3 or 5 years! Non Hormonal IUDs are made of copper which makes it hard for sperm to survive. The Non Hormonal IUD contains no hormones, but is also 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 10 years.

The Non Hormonal IUD is effective right away, however, all hormonal forms of birth control (including the Hormonal IUD) take 1 week before they become effective.  During this 1 week a person should use a backup method like abstinence or condoms.

Remember, IUDs do not reduce the risk of STIs. Only condoms and dental dams reduce the risk of STIs.

If you have more questions or want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic give us a call at 303-442-5160

 

How do IUDs affect your period?

Great question! Let’s talk a little bit about the IUD

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to effectively reduce the risk of pregnancy. An IUD is a T-shaped device that rests in the uterus.  There are two types of IUDs: Hormonal & Non hormonal. The Hormonal IUD works by releasing hormones to prevent ovulation – the process where the ovaries release an egg – and thickening the cervical mucus. The Hormonal IUD is 99% effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy and lasts up to 3-5 years! Non Hormonal IUDs are made of copper which makes it hard for sperm to survive. The Non Hormonal IUD contains no hormones, but is also 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 10 years!

We recommend Hormonal IUDs for those who have heavy periods. Because Hormonal IUDs contain the hormone progesterone, it can make the period lighter. Some people who use Hormonal IUDs don’t get a period at all! Others may experience spotting (small amounts of irregular bleeding) instead. The Non Hormonal IUD on the other hand, can increase cramping and period flow. We recommend The Non Hormonal IUD for people who experience light, easy periods, and who would like to menstruate on their regular cycle.

It’s a great idea to talk to a healthcare provider about your medical health history before deciding on an IUD.

Call Teen Clinic to make an appointment! 303-442-5160

Can Teen Clinic insert an IUD?

Yes, let’s talk a little bit about the IUD!

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to effectively prevent pregnancy. An IUD is a T-shaped device that rests in the uterus

There are two types of IUDs: Hormonal and Non-Hormonal.  Hormonal IUDs are effective for 3-5 years depending on the type, and Non-Hormonal IUDs are effective for up to 10 years.

However, it’s important to note that IUDs do not prevent against any STIs! IUDs can be a great form a birth control, but you will want to use a barrier method like condoms 100% of the time to help with the prevention of STIs.

Teen Clinic offers IUDs. Any person can get an IUD if their health history permits. A person will make an appointment at Teen Clinic, and come in and talk to one of our medical professionals, and can potentially leave that day with an IUD!

Services at Teen Clinic for anyone under 17 are completely free. For someone that is 18 or 19, services may be free or a low cost, but nothing will be over $50. This includes IUDs as well!

If you want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic, give us a call at 303-442-5160!

I recently had sex and we are not 100% sure if the condom broke or not…

…I’m too scared to go to the store and get a pregnancy test. What should I do?

Going to the store to get a pregnancy test can be intimating, so it is okay that you feel that way! It’s also important to know though that the only way to know if you’re pregnant or not is to take a pregnancy test.

If you had sex within the last 5 days, you have the option of using emergency contraception.

Plan B, also known as emergency contraception, is a hormonal emergency birth control method used to delay ovulation in the hopes of preventing pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus. Plan B is not an abortion pill. It will not harm or end a pregnancy; it will only work to delay ovulation to reduce the risk of a pregnancy.

Plan B or emergency contraception is not meant to be someone’s primary form of birth control. Click here to see a list of other hormonal birth control methods that can be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

If it has been longer than 5 days since you had sex, or if you just want to use a consistent form of birth control,  you also have the option of seeing a medical professional to talk about the Paragard IUD. The Paragard is a reliable method of birth control that can be used for up to 10 years, and can sometimes be used as a form of emergency contraception.

If you would just like to know if you are pregnant, you can take a pregnancy test 14 days after unprotected sex. At that time, you will get an accurate result.

You can definitely take an at-home test, or you can come in to Teen Clinic and have a test run there. All services at Teen Clinic are free or low-cost and are completely confidential. Give us a call if you have questions or want to make an appointment! 303-442-5160

I stopped taking my Depo injections. Is there a non-hormonal method me and my partner can use?

There are several non-hormonal methods that are available to someone who doesn’t want to be on a hormonal method of birth control.

Some of the easiest and least expensive methods to use and find are known as barrier methods. Barrier methods can include male/external condoms, female/internal condoms, and dental dams. External condoms and Internal condoms can help reduce your risk of having an unplanned pregnancy and/or having STI transmission occur. Both types of condoms can be up to 98% effective, but this all depends on how well you are using them. Dental dams are a great barrier too, but are only used to reduce the risk of STIs.

You also have another option that could potentially be more long term and offer less room for human error. This method is known as the Paragard IUD. The Paragard IUD is an intrauterine device that is made of medical grade copper and plastic. The copper on the IUD acts as a natural spermicide to help reduce your chances of having a pregnancy happen by up to 99%.

Teen Clinic offers several different birth control methods; some of which are non-hormonal. If you are interested in starting another method, give us a call at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment!

If I wanted an IUD could you be the ones to actually give it to me, or would I have to see a regular doctor for that?

…Would it be completely confidential or would I have to tell my parents as well?

If you would like an IUD, or intrauterine device, we would do the insertion right here at either our Boulder or Longmont clinic! It’s important to note though that there are 3 parts to the IUD insertion process

  1. Birth Control Consultation/Annual Exam- You would start off by making an appointment to talk about the IUD and see if it would be a good fit for your body and lifestyle! You can do this in 1 of 2 ways. The first way you can get the process started is that you can make an appointment for a birth control consultation. During this appointment, you will speak with a nurse practitioner and have an STI screening. This is done simply done peeing in a cup! The other way you can do this is by getting an Annual Exam. Because Teen Clinic follows health standards that we do not perform pap smears on patients under 21, you will not have a pelvic exam unless you have symptoms of an infection. Teen Clinic will also only give a breast exam to patients who are 19 and older. The difference between an annual exam and birth control consultation is that the annual exam is a little more of an in depth visit with a longer interview process. At both visits though you will have an STI screen and talk about if the IUD is right for you!
  2. IUD Insertion- This next part is where you actually have the IUD inserted!  At this point we will have your medical history and STI test results so there will be a shorter interview process.  If your tests are negative and you haven’t had any unprotected sex in the last 2 weeks, the IUD will be inserted. But Teen Clinic makes sure that our patients know that the actual insertion is never guaranteed. For some people, the IUD insertion is quick and painless. For others, it may take a little longer or we may need to give you a specific medication and have you come back to try the insertion again at a later date.
  3. Follow-up appointment- Assuming the IUD was inserted without issue, the nurse will usually have you return to the clinic in 3 months for a follow-up appointment. At this time, the nurse will make sure you’re satisfied with the IUD and make sure everything is as it should be. It usually takes your body about 3 months to adjust to a new medication, so at this time your body should be pretty well adjusted to your new IUD! After this, our nurses will encourage you to return for an annual exam in 1 year!

As far as having to inform your parents about you visiting the clinic, in the State of Colorado, it’s the law that teenagers (minors included) can access family planning health services without parental consent (Colorado 13-22-103 Minors- Birth Control Services Rendered by Physicians and 13-22-105 Minors’ access to medical, dental and related services). These confidentiality policies for minors are supported by many respected health care organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association. So if a teen wants to begin a birth control method without telling a parent or guardian she can visit a confidential clinic and her health information is protected by law. Teen Clinic is a confidential clinic! Teens can access services at either of our Teen Clinics without parental/guardian consent.

However, we really encourage teens to talk with a parent or trusted adult about their sexual health questions and choices. The adults in your life can provide you great guidance and support during this important time in your life. Check out our page specifically for parents and guardians for tips on how to begin speaking with an adult about sexual health.

Is Mirena or Paragard better for treating heavy periods?

Fabulous question! We recommend Mirena for those who have heavy periods. Because Mirena contains the hormone progesterone,  it can make the period lighter. Some females who use Mirena don’t get a period at all! Others may experience spotting (small amounts of irregular bleeding) instead. Mirena is a five-year hormonal IUD that is more than 99% effective.

Paragard, on the other hand, can increase cramping and period flow. We recommend Paragard for females who experience light, easy periods, and who would like to menstruate on their regular cycle. Paragard is an IUD that prevents pregnancy using copper. It contains no hormones, is more than 99% effective, and lasts for ten years!

It’s a great idea to talk to a healthcare provider about your medical health history before deciding on an IUD.  Teen Clinic offers free consultations, so make an appointment today!