I have always been in pretty good health, so I was surprised one day when my doctor told me my blood pressure was a bit high. She told me to begin watching my salt intake, start exercising, and to try to relax. Well, I intended to follow her advice when I left her office, but the next day I was back to my same habits. I kept using the salt shaker and didn't begin an exercise routine like I had planned. When I went for my next check-up, she told me that my blood pressure was even higher and approaching a dangerous level. I had to begin a blood pressure medication to manage it. I wanted to create a blog to share my story and remind people to listen to their doctors' advice. If a few lifestyle changes can improve your health, then you should make them.
From birth control pills and prophylactics to surgical sterilization, there are many options available if you are hoping to prevent pregnancy. Unfortunately, not all birth control options are right for everyone. An intrauterine device, or IUD, is becoming more and more popular due to its effective nature and ease of use. However, most people are not entirely familiar with this method of birth control and if it is right for them. With this guide and your gynecologist's help, you will learn the signs that an IUD is the right option for you.
You Need Effectiveness
In most cases, you are going on birth control to prevent pregnancy. Therefore, you want a method that has the highest possible prevention rate. While abstinence is the only thing that is 100 percent effective, an IUD is about 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. Of course, you may be wondering how IUDs are so effective.
Basically, IUDs prevent sperm from fertilizing the egg. If you have a copper IUD, copper is released from the device into the uterus, killing any sperm. If you have a progestin IUD inserted, the hormone is released into the uterus, creating a thick mucus on the cervix, which prevents sperm from reaching the eggs.
You Need Effectiveness-Temporarily
Another sign that an IUD is right for you is if you want effective birth control temporarily, meaning you may want to become pregnant sometime in the future.
Depending on the brand and type of IUD you choose, the effective nature will last a few years. Certain brands will prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years while others are approved to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.
Once you decide it is time to conceive, you would schedule an appointment with your gynecologist to have the intrauterine device removed. Most women will return to their normal cycle immediately after the IUD removal, so there is a chance of becoming pregnant right away.
You Forget to Take Birth Control Pills
Forgetting to take your birth control or taking the pills as directed will affect their effectiveness. This can lead to an unwanted/unplanned pregnancy. If you are constantly forgetting to take your pills correctly or you struggle with other birth control methods, such as condoms, having an IUD is your best option.
Once the IUD is placed, you can forget about it because it is designed to prevent pregnancy for many years without any assistance.
If you are considering a new form of birth control, talk to your gynecologist about an IUD. This guide will help you determine if the device is right for you.Share
25 September 2018