Why More Women Are Choosing the IUD

When it comes to choosing birth control, finding a method isn’t the problem; there are a wide variety of options. More often than not, the decision comes down to finding one that suits your goals and lifestyle. If you’re unsure about what to consider when considering birth control, take a look at one of the more popular options — an intrauterine device (IUD) — which checks a lot of boxes in terms of ease of use and protection rates.

At The Association for Women’s Health Care, our experienced team of providers offers a wide range of services to women in Chicago and Northbrook, Illinois, that help them navigate every stage of their reproductive health. We believe education is key to helping you make informed decisions about your health, which is why we’ve put together the following information on the IUD to help explain why more women are choosing this form of birth control.

Two approaches to prevention

One reason why women find an IUD preferable is that they have a choice in how their pregnancy protection is accomplished. There are two main types of IUD — hormonal and copper. With a hormonal IUD, the small device releases hormones that thicken the mucus on your cervix to prevent sperm from passing through, and the hormones also disrupt your ovulation.

A copper IUD doesn’t use hormones but relies on the ability of copper to repel sperm, which prevents them from gaining access to your eggs.

Superior protection

When you choose a birth control method, one of your first concerns is that it does its job well, which is certainly true of an IUD. In fact, IUDs offer a remarkable 99% efficacy rate.

Ease of use

Aside from protection, women love IUDs because it’s a one-and-done procedure that provides long-term protection you don’t have to be active in. Unlike a daily birth control pill, regular injections, or spot control methods like condoms, once we place your IUD, there’s nothing more you need to do.

And placing (and removing) the IUD is a snap — we simply insert the T-shaped device into your uterus in an in-office procedure that takes just minutes.

Long-term protection you can stop at any time

Depending upon the brand and type of IUD you choose, the device provides protection for 3-12 years. And because your pregnancy plans might change during such a long timeframe, we can remove your IUD at any time, returning you to your normal fertility levels almost immediately.

Emergency contraception

If you need emergency contraception, we can insert a copper IUD up to five days after intercourse, which should prevent pregnancy. And afterward, you can keep the IUD in place to protect you for years to come.

Ultimately, birth control is a highly personal choice, and we’re here to help. If you’d like to explore further whether an IUD is right for you, please contact us by calling the location near you or booking an appointment online.

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