No more myths about IUDs! Get the facts about these long-acting reversible contraceptives
There are many myths about IUDs. This is unfortunate because they, along with the birth control implant, are the most effective type of reversible birth control available. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and birth control implants are long-acting reversible contraceptives. Fewer than one in 100 women who use these birth control options will get pregnant during the first year of use. In fact, IUDs prove to be 20 times more effective over time than hormonal methods like the birth control patch, the vaginal ring or birth control pills.
Dispelling one of the most common myths about IUDs
One of the most common myths about IUDs is that the devices cause infertility. This myth persists because the Dalkon Shield, a device recalled in the 1970s, did have links to PID, or pelvic inflammatory disease. This condition can cause ectopic pregnancies and infertility. However, more than 40 years have gone by, and today’s IUDs do not cause fertility problems or have any link to PID.
Many patients believe that this birth control is only for women who have given birth
There are different types and sizes of IUDs on the market today. The experienced physicians at Athens ObGyn know which options work best for women who have not had children and which ones are best for those who have given birth.
Women worry that their partners will feel the device or the strings during sex
It is very rare for a partner to feel the strings of the device during sex. If it happens, patients can see their physician to have the strings trimmed and to ensure that the device is still in place. When a woman gets her IUD, she should discuss her fears about sex, her IUD falling out or any other worries she has about the device. Our ObGyns can provide reassurance.
These long-acting reversible contraceptives are wonderful for many women
The physicians at Athens ObGyn want women to understand every birth control option available to them, including long-acting reversible contraceptives like IUDs. With this information, women can make an informed choice about contraception. Dispelling myths about IUDs is just one of the many ways that our compassionate physicians work to help patients feel informed and supported. Contact us for an appointment.