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IUDs Myths and Facts

IUD Check: Can You Spot the Myths From the Facts?

IUDs (intrauterine devices) are the forgotten form of birth control in America. Yet in other developed countries, the tiny, T-shaped device, which gets implanted in the uterus, is one of the most popular methods of birth control. What happened? One heavily marketed brand gave IUDs a bad rap in the '70s, and American marketers and doctors have shied away from it since. In fact, many doctors go through medical school without ever learning how to insert one. No wonder they don't recommend it!

This week a Slate article called it the "best birth control," so maybe it's time to see what we know — and don't — about this sperm-stopping piece of plastic.

IUD Check: Can You Spot the Myths From the Facts?

Only women who are done having children should get IUDs.

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cko444 cko444 6 years
Certainly it's an individual choice which may not be right for everyone, but I got a Mirena last fall and it was the best choice I could have made. So much more reliable than condoms or even the Pill. I have had to contend with some significant spotting/irregularity (significant in terms of timing being off, not bleeding - my periods have gotten WAAAAAY lighter) but otherwise I'm extremely happy. I can't tell you how liberating it is to know that i won't have to worry about BC again until 2013! (Note: I am in a long-term monogamous relationship.)Don't have time to take the quiz today, but to the extent there's a question about having to wait a long time to get pregnant after taking out the IUD - total myth, according to my OB/GYN.
cko444 cko444 6 years
Certainly it's an individual choice which may not be right for everyone, but I got a Mirena last fall and it was the best choice I could have made. So much more reliable than condoms or even the Pill. I have had to contend with some significant spotting/irregularity (significant in terms of timing being off, not bleeding - my periods have gotten WAAAAAY lighter) but otherwise I'm extremely happy. I can't tell you how liberating it is to know that i won't have to worry about BC again until 2013! (Note: I am in a long-term monogamous relationship.) Don't have time to take the quiz today, but to the extent there's a question about having to wait a long time to get pregnant after taking out the IUD - total myth, according to my OB/GYN.
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