The Intrauterine Device -also known as the IUD- is the “Mercedes Benz” of birth control. In other words, it offers the most protection (>98% effective) against pregnancy. Unfortunately, false stories about the IUD scare many women from using it. Presently, only 9% of American women of reproductive age use an IUD. Here are some myths that we’re debunking in this article:
Myth 1. Only older women use the IUD
False. The IUD is perfect for any woman on the go! Once it’s inserted by your physician, it can last for 5- 12 years. Visit your physician whenever you’re ready to have your IUD removed. The protective effects of the IUD wear off immediately, so unless you’re ready to start a family, use a condom or an alternative form of birth control with every sexual encounter.
Myth 2. My partner can feel my IUD during sex
False. The IUD is placed at the top of the uterus (away from the vaginal cavity). If inserted properly, the IUD will not interfere with your sexual life. All birth controls carry minor risks, so visit your physician to have your IUD adjusted as soon as possible if you notice that it is bothersome during sex.
Myth 3. The IUD causes infertility
False. The IUD does not cause infertility. A study by the World Health Organization has found this myth to be entirely false. You know what can cause infertility? Syphilis and Chlamydia. The IUD does not offer protection against sexually transmitted infections, so it’s important that you get tested and use condoms every time you have sex!
Stay tuned for part 2!