Myths & Facts


MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT THE IUD

Myth: You can only get the IUD if you have had kids/been pregnant/married.

Fact: The IUD is a great option for people of all ages who want to prevent pregnancy.You do not have to have had kids, been pregnant or be married to get the IUD.

Myth: It’s hard to get pregnant after you have an IUD removed.

Fact: If you no longer want to use the IUD, it can be taken out at any time by a health care provider. Once the IUD is removed, you can get pregnant right away. If you don’t want to get pregnant, you should start a new birth control method the same day the IUD is removed and continue to use condoms.

Myth: During sex, the IUD can cause pain or discomfort–or even become dislodged.

Fact: When inserted correctly by a doctor, the IUD will not cause pain or become dislodged during sex. Once any cramping after the insertion stops, you will probably forget that it’s there altogether! It’s possible that your partner may feel the IUD strings during sex. In that case, you can ask your doctor to cut them shorter. The strings also usually get softer over time.

Myth: IUDs are unsafe.

Fact: IUDs are a very safe option for most women. There is a less than 2% chance that you will have a serious complication with your IUD. Some health conditions may increase the risk of side effects, so just talk to your doctor to make sure the IUD is safe for you.

Myth: IUDs increase the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Fact: IUDs do not increase the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease or STIs. In fact, research suggests that IUDs protect against certain types of cancer, including cervical cancer, which is caused by a STI called the human papillomavirus, or HPV. It is important to note that IUDs do not protect against HPV or other STIs so you should always use a condom to practice safe sex.