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Question: Birth Control


 gapgren - Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:06 pm

Ok so I have tried the pill and I was on the Depo shot for 3 years (gained 30lbs) and now im on the Nuva ring....I don't take the pill cause i forget...well I forgot with the ring and now im frusterated. What about the IUD? would that be the next step in my quest for no babies right now? Please help
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:06 pm

User avatar Hello,

NuvaRing® (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring) is a flexible combined contraceptive vaginal ring. When placed in the vagina, each ring releases on average 0.120 mg/day of etonogestrel and 0.015 mg/day of ethinyl estradiol over a three-week period of use.

If the main problem is forgetting then an IUD would be a good option to discuss with your doctor.

Best regards.
 dixiemom8203 - Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:57 pm

My sister was told (before she got pregnant) that the IUD was only available to people who had already had a baby.....is this true?
 Shana Johnson, CNA - Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:42 pm

User avatar That is not true about the IUD anymore. Years ago the IUD was oonly prescribed the women who had children because it was believed to potentially cause infertility.
Now the IUD is much safer, and it can be prescribed to any women weather or not they have children. It does not have the potential to cause infertility anymore.

The letters "IUD" stand for "intrauterine device."

IUDs are small, "T-shaped" contraceptive devices made of flexible plastic. IUDs are available by prescription only. A woman and her clinician decide which is the right type for her, and the clinician inserts it in her uterus to prevent pregnancy. Two types are now available in the U.S.:


ParaGard (Copper T 380A) — contains copper and can be left in place for 12 years

Mirena — continuously releases a small amount of the hormone progestin, and is effective for five years

How IUDs Work

Both kinds of IUDs work by preventing sperm from joining with an egg by affecting the way they move. The hormone in Mirena increases effectiveness. It thickens cervical mucus, which provides a barrier that prevents sperm from entering the uterus. It also prevents some women's ovaries from releasing eggs (ovulation).

IUDs also alter the lining of the uterus. In theory, this may prevent pregnancy by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg — but this has not been scientifically proven.

IUDs have a string attached that hangs down through the cervix into the vagina. A woman can make sure the IUD is in place by feeling for the string in her vagina. A clinician uses the string to remove the IUD.

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