Dear IUD, I LOVE YOU! Here’s 7 Reasons Why You Should Too!

Dear IUD, I LOVE YOU! Here’s 7 Reasons Why You Should Too!

Murray County Medical Center Tracy Hansen APRN, FNP Family Medicine Provider

Tracy Hansen, APRN, FNP

IUD means an intrauterine device.  This little t-shaped gem is placed into the uterus to keep the baby machine switched off! The device is an effective, long-lasting, low-maintenance and reversible way to prevent pregnancy.

Here are my top 7 reasons to LOVE the IUD!

  1. Very Effective
  2. Low-Maintenance
  3. Less Hormone
  4. Less Frequent or NO PERIODS
  5. Insertion Takes Less Than 1 Minute
  6. Safe For Most All Women
  7. Baby Time…No Problem!

Read on for more detail on each…

1. Very Effective

If not getting pregnant is super important to you, then this is one of your best bets. The IUD is over 99.6% effective at preventing pregnancy. Take that oral contraceptive pills with your 7% failure rate…YIKES!

2. Low-Maintenance

This is what we call ‘forgettable birth control’. There is no need to remember to take a pill every day, insert something into your vagina every 3 weeks, or return for an injection every 3 months. Nope…not with this one! After insertion, you are good for FIVE YEARS!! Let’s say that again…FIVE YEARS!!

3. Less Hormone

IUDs contain considerably LESS hormone compared to many other types of birth control. Additionally, IUDs contain only progestin and no estrogen. Estrogen (the hormone in most oral birth control pills) may not be suitable for some women to take with the following conditions:

  • certain types of migraines
  • increased blood clot risk
  • women who smoke

IUDs do not contain estrogen and so are a great option for women who can’t take estrogen.

4. Less Frequent Or NO PERIODS

I don’t know about you, but no periods is pretty awesome in my book! (Hello, white pants anytime!!). Approximately 50% of women will not get a period while using an IUD while the remainder of women will have considerable lighter periods at longer intervals.

5. Insertion Takes ONE MINUTE

The good news: insertion takes about 1 minute.

The bad: It does require a vaginal exam and it is slightly painful. Most women experience bad period-like cramps during the insertion, but a few pain relievers (ibuprofen) beforehand can help immensely.

6. Safe For Most All Women!

IUDs can be inserted into most all women, including those who have not had a baby. We do have slightly smaller devices to fit a woman’s uterus who has not been pregnant.

7. Baby Time…No Problem!

The device can be removed anytime, even before 5 years with fertility returning to normal within a month!

If you are interested in discussing your options for birth control, please call the clinic for an appointment with myself, Tracy Hansen, FNP at 507.836.6153.

More Information

For more information on IUDs and other types of birth control options visit: https://www.bedsider.org/methods/iud

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