More U.S. Women Choosing IUDs for Birth Control

More U.S. Women Choosing IUDs for Birth Control

More women choosing contraception

With US abortion rates, as well as pregnancy rates at an almost all time low, it’s clear that women are taking more control of their reproductive health and are turning more to contraception. This is a great thing, and it seems now that more US women are choosing IUDs for birth control. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

IUDs are one of the most effective forms of reversible birth control, so this is a great option for many women. It is very exciting to see that more women are thinking of long term options when it comes to birth control.

What is an IUD?

An IUD, also known as an intrauterine device, are small contraceptive implants, about the size of a matchstick. They are inserted into the uterus, where they release hormones like progestin or copper in order to prevent pregnancy.

Mirena, the hormonal IUD, can prevent pregnancy for five years and the copper version, ParaGard, can prevent pregnancy for about ten years. These are great options for women who don’t want to worry about birth control for an extended period of time, but are still not sure if they want to be finished having children forever.

Getting pregnant after IUD can be as easy as waiting until after its removal. This makes IUD or other implant birth control options a great idea. They are very safe, and can be inserted painlessly in a doctor’s office setting, without medication or anesthesia.

The IUD shift

A new study showed that in 2009, 8.5 percent of women in the USA chose an IUD or implant for birth control. That is up from under four percent in 2007. Doctors aren’t sure why more women are shifting towards IUDs, but it is most likely a combination of factors. They are very effective and safe options , and they have been advertised more in the past few years, so that is probably leading to their renewed popularity.

Experts also say that since more women are waiting until later in life to become pregnant, with more people starting families in their thirties, that IUDs are a great option because women don’t have to worry about birth control while they are using a long term solution like an IUD.

If you are interested

If you are interested in using an IUD for your birth control needs, see your doctor. He or she can help you determine if this type of birth control is a good choice for you. There are some things to consider when choosing an IUD or implant for birth control, such as the fact that it has to be both inserted and removed by a medical professional. However, serious complications and problems related to IUD use are very rare. Talk to your doctor to find out if an IUD is the right birth control option for you.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).