San Francisco Gynecology, INC. Katherine Gregory MD -  - Gynecologist

San Francisco Gynecology, INC. Katherine Gregory MD

Gynecologist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

IUD Placement Specialist

For women in and around San Francisco, Dr. Gregory’s gynecology practice offers patients numerous forms of birth control including IUDs and their placement. As a leading OB/GYN, Dr. Gregory can ensure that patients have access to the latest, most effective forms of contraception.

IUD Placement Q & A

San Francisco Gynecology, INC. Katherine Gregory MD

What is an IUD?

An IUD, also known as an intrauterine device, is a flexible device which is inserted into the uterus to act a forms of birth control. There are numerous brands of IUDs, however they usually work in one of two ways. They either release a small amount of progestin levonorgestrel or have a copper coil which acts as a spermicide. A few common brands of IUD are Mirena, ParaGard, and Skyla.

How is the IUD placed?

Prior to the insertion a doctor may ask patients to take an over-the-counter pain medication to minimize discomfort which can occur during placement. They may also suggest to bring a sanitary pad in case there is any bleeding. To determine the position and mobility of the uterus the doctor may also perform a pelvic exam prior to placement. To insert the IUD, the doctor will use a speculum to hold open the vagina and a tenaculum to stabilize the cervix. To reduce discomfort, the doctor may also use a local anesthetic. The area will also be cleansed to ensure the environment is sterile. The doctor will also determine the length and direction of the uterus for proper placement. The IUD is then inserted using a tube or slider. While there may be some discomfort, the procedure should only take a few minutes.

What Should I do After the IUD is Placed?

During the first few days and especially after the first period following placement, women should check to feel that the IUD’s strings are still there. The strings allow the woman to feel if the IUD has moved or is no longer there. After this time, the strings may be cut shorter and IUD checkups can be performed during a woman’s annual exam. There should be little discomfort and the woman can begin having sexual intercourse when they feel ready. With Mirena the IUD will be effective immediately if it was inserted within 7 days of the start of the woman’s period. If not, the woman will need to use a backup form of birth control.

 

Insurance Information

We work with many different insurance companies, please contact us for more information.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Aetna
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Brown & Toland
Cigna
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
GEHA Health Plans
Great West Health Care
GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Health Net
Humana
Medicare
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
PacifiCare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "She was conversational, gentle, attentive and listened to every concern I had. She made the entire appointment go easily."

    Kaci B.
  • Yelp

    "She went through every step of the procedure beforehand, and explained what she was doing during the procedure which helped calm my nerves."

    Jessica K.
  • Google+

    "I've been seeing Dr. Gregory since I moved to SF six years ago. I like her very much. She listens and has good clinical skills."

    Jennifer S.
  • Yelp

    "Nothing but good things to say about this office - The staff are so lovely and always bend over backwards to accommodate. "

    Cassie L.
  • Yelp

    "She was conversational, gentle, attentive and listened to every concern I had. She made the entire appointment go easily."

    Kaci B.
  • Yelp

    "She went through every step of the procedure beforehand, and explained what she was doing during the procedure which helped calm my nerves."

    Jessica K.
  • Google+

    "I've been seeing Dr. Gregory since I moved to SF six years ago. I like her very much. She listens and has good clinical skills."

    Jennifer S.
  • Yelp

    "Nothing but good things to say about this office - The staff are so lovely and always bend over backwards to accommodate. "

    Cassie L.
Location
San Francisco Gynecology, INC. Katherine Gregory MD
490 Post St., Suite 530
Union Square

San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-233-9531
Fax: 415-955-8551
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415-233-9531