Making choices aren’t easy! When it comes to birth control, choosing the right one can be difficult. Finding a birth control right for you is often dependent on your needs, lifestyle, and the effectiveness and convenience of the birth control. One of the most common types of birth control is an IUD. Let’s talk about a few things you should know about IUDs!
1. What is an IUD?
IUD is a short term for intrauterine device. The IUD is a small plastic device in the shape of a “T” that is inserted into the uterus. The two types of IUDs are hormonal IUDs, where progestin is released into the uterus, and copper IUDs, where copper is released into the uterus.
2. How do IUDs work?
IUDs prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg. The hormonal IUD thickens mucus in the cervix, making it much more difficult for the sperm to reach an egg. The copper IUD makes it difficult for sperm to move, making it super difficult for the sperm to reach its destination (sorry, buddy).
3. What are the benefits of an IUD?
There are some good benefits of IUDs! First, you don’t have to remember to take the pill (we’ve all been there). Second, it doesn’t interfere with sexual intercourse or daily living. Third, it can help decrease pain during periods and heavy bleeding.
4. Will you feel anything?
You may feel discomfort at first, but eventually, it will feel like nothing is there. If you feel any discomfort with your IUD, consult with your ob-gyn or other health care professional. For more information on IUDs, check out these FAQs!
Women’s Health Care Research is seeking women to participate in research studies to evaluate the efficiency and safety of an IUD contraceptive. Qualified participants will receive study-related medical attention at no cost and be compensated for time and travel!