Pros and Cons of IUD

Last Updated on Friday, March 3, 2023 by ProsCons

The intrauterine device (IUD) is one of the most popular birth control methods in the world. It is a small piece which is an inch long small, flexible and it shaped like a T that is inserted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. Even though it is the popular birth control method, it is better to consider the pros and cons of IUD before using them.

Let’s take a look at some Pros and Cons of IUD.Pros and Cons of IUD

Pros of IUD

  • The IUD is only an inch long, T-shaped so it is very tiny and flexible. The IUD is inserted in the uterus, where it remains for 3-12 years depending on the IUD inserted.
  • One of the major pros of IUD is that it is completely and instantly reversible. It can be easily removed when you’re ready to start a family.
  • The IUD has two strings that hang through the cervix. The strings can be checked very often to make sure that the IUD remains in the position.
  • It is 100% effective. Once you insert it, the risk of getting pregnant is extremely low.
  • The Copper IUD works instantly when inserted. Also, it can stay in place and offers protection for up to 12 years.
  • It is a perfect choice as it requires low maintenance. Once inserted, it stays place for years at a time without requiring any kind of maintenance, thus it is a perfect choice for women.
  • It is also the best option for a teenage girl who is, or may become, sexually active. There is no necessity of taking timely pills, shots or other contraceptives.
  • There may be slow-release of hormones in some IUDs however, there are no hormones in the copper-wrapped IUD but is still just as effective as the other IUDs.

Also read: Pregnancy Pros and Cons

Cons of IUD

  • No women can just buy an IUD from a drugstore and insert it. A specialist should insert that in place which might take a few minutes.
  • A woman may experience a cramp right after the insertion. And if a painkiller doesn’t’ offer you relief then it is better to have the OB/GYN specialist remove the IUD so you can choose another method of birth control.
  • There may be rare issues in which IUDs can “get lost” in your uterus or enter into your vagina partially or completely. Hence, a regular checkup is necessary to see the strings that hang into your vagina or not.
  • The IUD doesn’t block semen and sperm from passing into your vagina and uterus during the sexual intercourse. There may be chances of transmission of STDs during ejaculation with a sexually infected person. So, it is better to use in addition to your IUD.
  • There may be few side effects to some women such as pale skin, bleeding, sweating, cramping or fast heartbeat. It is better to contact your OB/GYN specialist right away.

These are some of the pros and cons of IUD.  If you have any further questions, please do contact us or you can comment us below.

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