Have you ever wondered what the first person was thinking when they tried an oyster? The same curiosity may come to mind when you consider who decided that placing a foreign object into the uterus would become one of the safest, most effective contraception forms. While we won’t question how the stars aligned to bring us the IUD, we can still learn more about what exactly it is and its benefits.
What is an IUD?
An intrauterine device or IUD is a small t-shaped device that is inserted into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. They are one of the long-term reversible forms of birth control. IUDs can be worn for extended periods (3-6 years for hormonal, and up 10 years for non-hormonal) but can also be removed when the woman wants to conceive or stop using it. Hormonal IUDs use progestin to thicken the mucus surrounding the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to reach the egg to fertilize it. The non-hormonal form uses a tiny bit of copper wrapped around it. Copper is toxic to sperm, and they become unable to move and die in the presence of it.
IUD benefits go beyond being one of the safest and most effective forms of birth control. There are very few medical conditions that would prevent a woman from using an IUD, so most can use them. Let’s take a look at some of the other benefits of IUDs:
- It does not affect fertility; once removed, you can get pregnant right away.
- There is nothing to remember. It continues to prevent pregnancy until it expires or you have it removed.
- Women can still breastfeed while it’s in place.
- Over time, IUDs can help reduce menstrual pain and heavy bleeding.
- The copper IUD can be used for emergency contraception up to 5 days after unprotected sex and is 99.99% effective.
Safe, Effective Birth Control through Research Studies
Even though there are many contraceptive options out there, not every woman can take every form. Medical conditions, family planning preferences, and other factors can limit what each woman has the option of choosing from. That is why clinical research studies continue to explore potential new possibilities so that every woman has safe, effective methods to choose from.
Women’s Healthcare Research is currently conducting studies looking into potential new hormonal IUD options. Qualified participants may have the investigational hormonal IUD placed at no charge along with study-related care from the medical staff. So, if you’re on the fence about trying an IUD, this may be your perfect opportunity to try one FREE. To learn more, call (858) 505-8672 or visit our webpage.