3 Things to Know When Considering an IUD

Posted on: 29 April 2019

If you are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant, birth control is imperative. Because there are so many different options, the various forms of birth control can be overwhelming. Fortunately, intrauterine devices offer an excellent option if you want reliable and easy to use birth control. This guide will give you a few facts you need to know about IUDs.

Top Birth Control Option Due to Its Reliability

One of the first things you need to know is that intrauterine devices, which are also known as IUDs, are one of the most recommended forms of birth control because they are so reliable. As a matter of fact, intrauterine devices are about 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. This reliability is closely compared to surgical sterilization, such as tubal ligation, or when a woman has her fallopian tubes tied.  

The overall effectiveness of IUDs occurs for a few reasons. For example, the birth control pill can be effective as long as it is taken properly. Human error, such as forgetting to take the pill, or getting off your normal pill schedule, can affect the reliability. Condoms can also be effective, but issues do arise. The condom may not be worn correctly or it may break during intercourse, increasing the risk of pregnancy.

IUDs Are Safe

The idea of inserting a device into the vagina, cervix, and uterus may not be appealing to you for a few reasons. Many people worry the insertion of an IUD is painful. While it is normal to feel some pressure, the insertion of the IUD should be painless and quick.

After the insertion, it is normal to experience a few side effects. Cramping is common both during and immediately after the insertion of the IUD. Taking ibuprofen is normally sufficient for relieving this discomfort.

In the past, many women did experience issues after the insertion of an intrauterine device. Some women developed extreme pain, infections, vaginal/uterine damage, and even fertility issues in the future. Although there are side effects and risks associated with any birth control method, IUDs are now safe for most women. You can ask services like Western Branch Center for Women about your current options to ensure you don't experience any unusual side effects.

IUDs Prevent Pregnancy, Not STDs

Another element you need to consider when choosing a birth control is whether or not you also need protection against STDs. If you have multiple partners, it is wise to practice safe sex in other ways, so wearing a condom is recommended because IUDs prevent pregnancy, not STDs. If you are in a long-term relationship, it will be up to you whether or not you require additional protection.