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3 truths about today’s IUDs

Today’s IUDsOur Grapevine and Alliance ObGyns want to update women about today’s IUDs, one of the most effective forms of birth control currently available. IUDs are a form of long-acting reversible contraception, known as LARC.

ObGyns sometimes call it “set it and forget it” birth control because once IUDs are in place, they can remain in the uterus for a period of 3-10 years, depending on the type of IUD. We would like women to know the truth about IUDs.

Three important truths women should know about today’s IUDs

  1. Today’s IUDs are safe to use for almost every woman.

    The Dalkon Shield IUD, on the market through the 1970s, was implicated in some cases of serious pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID. The Dalkon Shield received quite a bit of negative publicity and was taken off the market.

    Today’s IUDs have been shown to be very safe and serious side effects and complications rarely occur. In addition, in the past, IUDs were not recommended for adolescents or women who had not given birth, but today’s IUDs work for these patients.

  2. IUDs are highly effective.

    IUDs are the most effective form of reversible birth control available today; in fact, today’s IUDs have the same effectiveness rate as permanent sterilization. Fewer than 1 in 100 IUD users become pregnant during the first year of typical use.

  3. IUDs are available in both hormonal and non-hormonal forms.

    Today’s IUDs have evolved and improved. Now, women can choose from a copper IUD, which does not contain any hormones, or hormonal IUDs. Copper IUDs can be left in place for up to ten years, while hormonal IUDs remain in the uterus for a period of 3-5 years.

Today’s IUDs, like any contraceptive method, offer several benefits, including:

  • They don’t interfere with sexual intercourse.
  • They can be used while breastfeeding and be placed immediately after pregnancy or miscarriage.
  • They are completely reversible – simply remove the device when ready for pregnancy.

Talk to our physicians about possible side effects and risks.

Our experienced ObGyns can help you choose a contraceptive method

Women should discuss their contraceptive needs with our Grapevine and Alliance ObGyns. Our physicians are always willing to answer questions and offer expert advice. Contact us to learn more about today’s IUDs.


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