Women have a number of options for contraception, including but not limited to the pill, the vaginal ring, and the contraceptive patch. However, one of these options, the intrauterine device (IUD), is growing increasingly popular. Why are women turning to IUDs in larger numbers now more than ever? And should you consider switching to this option as well?
IUD use is increasing in record numbers
According to National Public Radio, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the use of long-term contraception more than quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. One of these is the IUD, which has two types: one that can be made of either plastic or copper and releases copper to prevent sperm from reaching the egg, and one that is made of plastic and releases hormones to prevent pregnancy.
In 2013, 11.6% of women who used birth control methods used IUDs and implants. Though the majority of women surveyed (25.9%) still used the birth control pill, the only methods used more than implants were condoms (15.3%) and female sterilization (25.1%). But IUDs are catching up.
Why women love IUDs
There are several reasons why women are turning to IUDs.
For one, the birth control pill tasks women with remembering to take their pill at the same time every day. If they don’t, there’s a possibility of pregnancy, and women need another method of protection for several days afterward.
In contrast, because IUDs are implanted into the body, they don’t require you to remember to take a pill — or do anything else. They are a “set-and-forget” option for birth control.
Long-lasting birth control
IUDs are a great way to get a long-term option for birth control. If you’ve decided that you’re not planning to have a child any time soon, getting an IUD can be a great choice. Depending on the type and brand you choose, your IUD could be effective for up to 12 years.
Unlike a choice like female sterilization, however, the long-term option of an IUD is completely reversible. If you later decide you want to have a child, you can ask your doctor to remove the device and begin attempting to get pregnant right away.
Further, doctors and researchers have debunked previous perceptions that IUDs can lead to infertility down the line.
Choosing an IUD
Ultimately, of course, only you can determine which form of contraception and family planning is right for you. IUDs do make a safe and effective choice, however. If you’re drawn to a long-term approach to birth control that you won’t have to focus on day in and day out, an IUD could be very effective for your needs.
Want to learn more about IUDs?
If you want to know more about IUDs, including which brand and/or type may be right for you, call us at 732-408-6182. You can also send us a message here on our website. We will help you book an appointment at our Somerset, New Jersey, office at your earliest convenience.