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Your Complete Guide to Intrauterine Device (IUD) Birth Control

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Your Complete Guide to Intrauterine Device (IUD) Birth Control

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are an under-utilized and highly effective form of birth control. An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two types of IUDs: non-hormonal and hormonal. They work in different ways to prevent pregnancy. Both types of IUDs are safe, cost-effective, and long-lasting.

You may not be familiar with the term “intrauterine device” or think it sounds scary, but this is a very popular form of birth control that has been used for decades. In fact, one type of IUD (the copper version) was used as far back as the 19th century! In this article, we’ll explain what an IUD is exactly, how they work to prevent pregnancy, their pros and cons compared to other forms of birth control, what to expect when getting one fitted, and much more — so read on!

What is an Intrauterine Device IUD?

An IUD is a small device that is inserted into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. In the past, there were two main types of IUDs: ones that contained a hormone and ones that didn’t. However, the hormonal IUDs were removed from the market in the early 2000s due to health concerns. Since then, there are only non-hormonal devices available. There are two types of non-hormonal IUDs currently available: – The copper IUD (known as ParaGard) – The hormonal IUD (known as Mirena or Skyla) The copper IUD works by releasing a small amount of copper into the uterus to prevent pregnancy by the hormonal IUD works by releasing a small amount of the hormone progestin into the uterus to prevent pregnancy.

How do Intrauterine Devices Prevent Pregnancy?

The copper IUD works by releasing a small amount of copper into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. while the hormonal IUD works by releasing a small amount of the hormone progestin into the uterus to prevent pregnancy.

Pros of Using an IUD for Birth Control

  1. It is long-lasting
  2. It is hormone-free
  3. It is safe to use with any other contraceptive method
  4. You can get it quickly and discreetly
  5. It is an highly effective method of birth control
  6. It is cost-effective and your insurance might cover it in part or in full
  7. It is often less expensive than other birth control options
  8. It is quick and easy to be fitted
  9. It gives you more control over your birth control choices
  10. It is highly discreet and involves no maintenance
  11. It can be a suitable choice for women with certain health conditions
  12. It is an option for women who can’t or don’t want to use hormonal birth control
  13. No one can tell you are using it by looking at you or feeling it.

Cons of Using an IUD for Birth Control

  1. It has to be fitted by a medical provider
  2. It may come with some minor side effects, like cramping
  3. It may increase your risk of getting a pelvic infection
  4. It may increase your risk of having an abnormal Pap smear
  5. It may increase your chance of getting an ectopic pregnancy
  6. It is not suitable for everyone and you have to be tested to make sure you are healthy enough to have an IUD
  7. It has a higher upfront cost (but may be lower in the long run)
  8. No one can tell you are using it by looking at you or feeling it.

Finding a Provider to Fit Your IUD

If you are interested in trying an IUD, you should visit WOHCC to discuss which option would be best for you. If you have a medical condition or are taking medication that might interfere with the effectiveness of your chosen IUD, you should discuss this with your doctor.

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