IUD Specialist

Ruslana Kadze, MD, MS, FACOG

OB/GYN & Medical Spa located in Tarzana, CA

If you’re looking for convenient, effective, and completely reversible birth control you don’t need to think about every day, you may want to consider an IUD. At her private practice in Tarzana, California, OB/GYN Ruslana Kadze, MD, MS, FACOG, offers a variety of birth control methods, including IUDs, to women in the Los Angeles area. To learn more about whether an IUD is the right birth control method for your lifestyle, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kadze today.

IUD Q & A

What is an IUD?

An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a small, T-shaped device that fits inside your uterus and blocks sperm from fertilizing your eggs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IUDs rank high among your best options for birth control.

There are five different types of IUDs, four of which release small amounts of progestin into your body. Progestin is the same hormone that’s in many birth control pills. Hormone-releasing IUDs are made of plastic.

The fifth type of IUD, PARAGARD®, is made of copper and doesn’t release hormones. The copper IUD lasts the longest among all the options, preventing pregnancy for up to 12 years.

How does an IUD compare to other birth control methods?

If you don’t want to get pregnant, Dr. Kadze offers several different options for birth control, including:

  • Birth control pills
  • Vaginal rings
  • Sterilization
  • IUDs

Aside from sterilization, all these options are reversible if you decide you do want to have a baby in the future.

IUDs offer the following benefits:

  • Convenient: Dr. Kadze inserts the IUD into your uterus during an office visit. Once she does this, you don’t need to take any further action. This makes IUDs different from pills, which you must take every day, and rings, which you need to insert into your vagina every month.
  • Consistent: You may have heard that the pill or the ring is 99% effective “when used perfectly.” Sometimes, accidents happen and you forget to take a pill at the right time. An IUD eliminates user error by providing consistent, reliable contraception on its own.
  • Cost-effective: Hormonal IUDs last three to five years, depending on the type, while a copper IUD remains effective for over 10 years. Instead of buying new pills or a new ring every month, an IUD offers long-lasting birth control you only have to pay for once.

What should I do if my IUD falls out?

Dr. Kadze checks your IUD during regular wellness exams to make sure it stays in place. In rare cases, the IUD may move or fall out completely. This is more likely to happen during your period.

If your IUD does fall out, call Dr. Kadze immediately. It’s important that she re-inserts it for you.

If you’re exploring birth control options and want to learn more, call the office of Ruslana Kadze, MD, MS, FACOG, or book an appointment online today.