IUD Specialist

Above Parr Women's Center

Angela Pollard, MD

OB-GYN located in Los Gatos, CA

An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a convenient birth control option for patients who want long-term protection from pregnancy. Dr. Angela Pollard offers IUDs to patients in Los Gatos, California, and the surrounding area. Patients who are interested in this type of birth control should contact Above Parr Women’s Center to make an appointment.

IUD Q & A

What is an IUD?

An IUD is a small device shaped like a “T.” Dr. Pollard inserts this device into the uterus to provide long-term birth control for the patient. Two main types of IUDs are available: copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs. Both types of IUDs can prevent pregnancy for long periods of time. Dr. Pollard can help patients decide what type of IUD is best for them.

How does it work?

IUDs work by preventing sperm from being able to reach and fertilize an egg. Some IUDs also thin the lining of the uterus and partially suppress ovulation to provide additional protection against pregnancy.

When is an IUD appropriate?

An IUD is appropriate for women who want to protect themselves from pregnancy for an extended period of time. IUDs are also an ideal choice for women who want birth control that doesn’t require any action from them or their partners. In addition, this type of birth control may be beneficial for women who have heavy periods or pain related to endometriosis.

Is the insertion process painful?

Dr. Pollard will use a local anesthetic to numb the cervix before the insertion of the IUD. During the insertion, patients may notice some cramping. To prevent pain from cramping, Dr. Pollard may recommend an over-the-counter painkiller to patients. Some women may also notice some bleeding during and after the insertion of the IUD.

What are the benefits?

IUDs provide several benefits for patients. IUDs can remain in place for many years, providing convenient protection from pregnancy that doesn’t require the participation of the partner or interruption of sex. IUDs also reduce menstrual bleeding and may alleviate pain from endometriosis. In addition, Dr. Pollard can remove an IUD at any time, allowing the woman to become fertile again quickly.

What are the risks?

Pregnancy isn’t likely while using an IUD. However, if pregnancy does occur, it’s more likely to be ectopic. In some cases, the IUD may fall out. If this occurs, it will no longer provide protection from pregnancy.

Some women experience side effects from IUDs. Possible side effects include the development of ovarian cysts, weight gain, mood disturbances, irregular bleeding, and pelvic pain.