10 Things No One Tells You About Using An IUD

Choosing the right form of birth control is completely overwhelming, mainly because there are a lot of choices, and you never really know what’s best for you until you experiment. The hormones, the side effects, the insertion techniques of things like IUDs (I’m looking at you, NuvaRing)… these are just a few of the stressful parts of looking for the perfect method for you. A lot of times, your decision hinges on what your gynecologist or doctor recommends for you, and you’re subject to their individual biases and preferences. Hearing them spout out the list of potential side effects is enough to send you out of the office screaming.

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An IUD is a type of LARC (Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives) that, I think, takes a lot of the stress out of birth control. With recent changes in healthcare, insurance ttypically covers the whole thing! An IUD is a small, t-shaped device that gets inserted into your uterus and protects you from pregnancy. No need to worry about pills, rings, or birth control reminders on your phone. HALLELUJAH. One brand of IUD, Paragard, is even hormone-free – it uses only copper to prevent sperm from fertilizing the egg.

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We are in the middle of what’s been called an IUD Renaissance according to a new federal report. While the IUD is still more popular in other countries, currently around 11.6% of women in America use this method (which is double the amount in the past years). There are a couple theories as to why we’re seeing an increase. One, IUDs are much more accessible because of the Affordable Care Act. Also, women are choosing to have babies at a later age. Lastly, some of the fear and bias against this form of birth control is fading away.

An IUD may be the birth control method that matches with your lifestyle. Before you get one inserted, though, there are a few things you should know. Here are 10 things no one tells you about using an IUD: 

Have you or anyone you’ve known gotten an IUD inserted? What is the experience like? Let me know in the comments below!

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