Intrauterine Devices (IUD)

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Marietta and Powder Springs, GA

Intrauterine Devices (IUD)

About Intrauterine Devices (IUD)

With a wide variety of contraceptives available on the market, intrauterine devices (IUDs) stand out as among the most effective forms of birth control. For birth control recommendations and safe, effective care, women in Marietta and Powder Springs, Georgia, can rely on the Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team. Book your appointment today using the convenient online scheduler or call the nearest Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates office to learn more.

Intrauterine Devices (IUD) Q&A

What are intrauterine devices (IUDs), and how do they work?

IUDs are among the most convenient contraceptive methods available. These tiny devices are designed to be inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy by using copper or a steady release of hormones.

What are the advantages of IUDs?

IUDs are remarkably effective and undeniably convenient. No pill reminders and no pharmacy trips are necessary. You don’t have to keep track of anything. IUDs also last a long time; depending on which one you choose, you can enjoy contraceptive protection for several years.

What IUD options can I explore?

With years of experience looking for the best contraceptive choices for their patients, the Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team offers the ParaGard® T380A and Mirena® IUDs.


The Mirena IUD is over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to eight years. It’s FDA-approved to treat heavy periods and decrease menstrual blood loss for up to five years.

Mirena works by slowly releasing a low, continuous dose of levonorgestrel, a contraceptive medication, into the uterus, only small amounts of which enter your bloodstream. This is enough to prevent pregnancy.

ParaGard T380A

If you want to prevent pregnancy without artificial hormones, turn to ParaGard. It uses copper to disrupt the joining of egg and sperm and is 99% effective as a contraceptive. It’s the only IUD that has been FDA-approved for over 30 years.

What should I expect during an IUD insertion appointment?

If you want an IUD contraceptive, the Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team schedules an appointment. They’ll check your vagina, cervix, and uterus and may slightly dilate or numb your cervix before inserting the IUD.

Once you’re ready, your provider places the IUD through your vagina and cervix and into the uterus. The process is quick and can be done anytime during your menstrual cycle.

What happens after my IUD is in place?

Insertion is generally well-tolerated, but it’s not uncommon to experience cramps or backaches, like a menstrual cycle. Cramping or spotting tends to fade within 3-6 months.

The ParaGard and Mirena methods of birth control start working immediately, so you can feel free to have sex as soon as you wish after insertion. The Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team will let you know when to replace your IUD.

Learn more today about how an IUD can benefit you by calling the nearest office or booking an appointment online.