June 20, 2013 - Posted by admin to IUD
The official stance on the Paragard and Mirena IUDs is that they are 2 of the safest and most effective forms of birth control available on the market. Millions of women use them and enjoy long-term, worry-free birth control with only a few minor side effects. But, as is true of every single medication and medical device, there is no such thing as 100% effective and completely risk-free. When deciding which birth control is right for you, the important thing is to get your questions answered and then make an educated choice. Here are the answers to some of the important questions you may have about the IUD devices.
For decades, most of what women knew about intrauterine devices (IUDs) was based in hearsay and poorly conducted research. In my family, issues my grandma had with her copper IUD in the late 1970s discouraged my mom and my sister from using it. But I couldn’t help but be drawn to the IUD’s efficient, long-term pregnancy protection. Plus, the number of American women using the IUD has tripled since 2002, piquing my curiosity about what is so great about the tiny, T-shaped device.
When I began doing research on IUDs for my own use I was mostly met with medical community rhetoric, “Every form of contraception has risks and benefits. You have to weigh them yourself.” What that translated to was, “Blah blah blah.”
I just wanted someone to