The truth about the IUD, answers to your questions about the IUD
There has been some misinformation about the IUD, but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the obgyns at Renaissance Women’s Group want women to know that it is a safe and very effective form of birth control. Our Austin obgyns would like to address some of the questions patients may have about the IUD.
Does the IUD cause more pelvic infections?
No. Studies have shown that there is a very low risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) after the insertion of an IUD.
Does the IUD cause fertility problems?
No. Women who use an IUD can become pregnant as soon as their IUD is removed—it’s a completely reversible birth control with no side effects that create fertility issues.
Does the IUD increase my risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?
No. The only way to protect yourself from an STD is to use a condom. The IUD, like most forms of birth control, does not protect against an STD, but it also does not cause STDs or increase your risk.
Does the IUD induce spontaneous abortions or miscarriages?
No. An IUD works by preventing sperm from fertilizing an egg and keeping the egg from implanting in the uterine wall. The hormonal IUD also may prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg.
Can I get an IUD if I have never had children?
Yes. An experienced obgyn is able to insert an IUD into the uterus, whether or not you have given birth; in fact, our Austin obgyns recommend this form of “set it and forget it” birth control for young women because it is so effective and easy to use.
Is the IUD expensive?
No. The IUD is covered by most insurance plans, making it very reasonably priced; in fact, when you consider the fact that the IUD can last from three to 10 years, the cost of the initial examination, the insertion of the device and the device itself, make it a low-cost, long-term option.
Today’s IUD is nothing like the early IUD of the 1970’s and 1980’s that inspired so many of the myths that are, unfortunately, still around today. Our Austin obgyns encourage patients to have detailed discussions and ask questions about birth control to learn what method is truly the most safe and effective birth control available to suit their needs. To learn more about the IUD, contact us at our Austin obgyn office.