Why More Women Than Ever Are Choosing the IUD for Birth Control

Did you know that more than half of all pregnancies in the US are unplanned? And nearly 95% of those pregnancies are a result of either misusing birth control or not using any at all. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that wider acceptance and use of an intrauterine device, commonly called an IUD, should lessen unplanned pregnancies.

While the IUD may have disappeared from the US during the 1980s and ’90s, more women than ever are turning to it. This form of birth control is widely reported to be effective a staggering 99% of the time.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that between 2011 and 2013, the IUD was the No. 1 contraceptive for almost 7% of American women between the ages of 15 and 44.

What’s more, from 2006-2012, the number of women using an IUD almost doubled and remains higher than the mere 1% of women who had IUDs during the 1990s.

So, why are more and more American women turning to this form of birth control?

6 reasons why the IUD is so popular

  1. Safety matters

Unlike its predecessors, today’s IUD is safe to use. You can choose hormone-free devices or those that contain hormones in low concentrations as well as IUDs that have regular levels of hormones.

Also, the IUD is safe to use as emergency contraception if you had  unprotected intercourse in the past five days.

  1. IUDs are really easy to insert

Having an IUD inserted is a once-off process with long-range results. Imagine that: One appointment for several years of effective birth control. The T-shaped IUD is inserted through your vagina past your cervix and placed in your uterus. What’s more, use of an IUD won’t harm your chances of getting pregnant once you have the device removed.

  1. IUDs have positive effects on your period

The hormonal IUDs, such as Liletta® and Mirena®, can help cut down on period cramps and make for lighter periods. Some women report not getting periods at all. These benefits greatly help women who suffer from heavy periods and severe cramps.

  1. IUDs are easily accessible

IUDs are also increasingly affordable. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies cover co-payments and additional fees for IUDs that are approved by the FDA.

  1. IUDs are highly effective

IUDs provide long-term protection from pregnancy, with claims of being 99% effective. They work just as well as a birth control implant and nearly as well as sterilization, making them one of the most effective birth control methods on the market.

There’s just no way to mess it up, either. You can incorrectly use a condom or forget to take the pill, but once an IUD is inserted, you can forget about it for several years.

  1. Ideal form of estrogen-free birth control

Some women suffer from medical conditions such as breast cancer or high blood pressure, which can worsen when they use hormonal forms of birth control. Other women prefer not to add hormones to their body. An IUD is a perfect solution.

Is an IUD for you?

After reading about these benefits, you may be wondering whether an IUD is the right birth control method for you. We’d be happy to go over it with you!

Book an appointment at One Oak Medical today to discuss your birth control options and the possibility of having an IUD inserted for years of pain-free periods and no-worry birth control.

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