Over the past couple of months, chances are good that you’ve heard a thing or two about IUDs. In fact, I would say that there is an almost certain possibility that you have heard at least one thing about IUDs because, in the two months since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, the demand for IUDs in the U.S. has gone up a whopping 900 percent.
There’s a pretty good reason for this. IUDS–AKA an “intrauterine device,” or a tiny contraceptive that gets placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy–are the longest-lasting form of birth control, with some lasting up to twelve years after insertion. And, under the Trump Administration, many women’s rights of choice and birth control appear to be under attack. The (sort of) solution? An IUD. Get one now, don’t worry about getting it removed until the next presidential administration (or, you know, until we are all nothing but the ashes left behind from the nuclear holocaust).
To be clear, IUDs are not for everyone. There are some annoying side effects that can go along with them, like pain upon insertion and spotting and cramping for a few months afterwards, that make some women not want to get IUDs. I am also not the person who should be telling you equivocally what kind of birth control you should be on–you know your body and habits best, so the final decision on whatever kind of birth control you should be on should happen in conversation between you and your doctor. But, if you’re grappling between going on birth control pills and getting an IUD, check out some reasons in favor of the IUD:
Are you thinking about getting an IUD? Do you have a birth control preference? Let us know in the comments!