23 Things Everyone Should Know About IUDs

    If you're interested in a long-term relationship with your birth control, here are the main things to keep in mind.

    1. They’re one of the most effective methods of birth control.

    There are two main kinds: hormonal IUDs and copper IUDs.

    2. The hormonal IUD is a tiny plastic device that contains the hormone levonorgestrel, which is slowly released into the uterus.

    3. The copper IUD is a tiny device made of plastic and copper, and it’s totally free of hormones.

    4. They’re super popular among female doctors.

    5. And they’ve been suggested as a safe and effective birth control method for teens.

    6. IUDs got a bad rap after an earlier version caused serious health problems.

    7. IUDs are good options for pretty much anyone who wants lasting pregnancy protection.

    8. But obviously, they’re not for everyone.

    9. They don’t actually stop you from ovulating.

    10. They start working pretty much immediately.

    11. And you can get pregnant as soon as you take them out.

    12. Some people report worse periods and cramps on the copper IUD.

    13. With the hormonal IUD, you may have little to no period.

    14. But beware: You might bleed A LOT when you first get the hormonal IUD.

    15. Insertion is typically quick, but it can be uncomfortable for some and super painful for others.

    16. Here’s what it’s actually like to get an IUD:

    17. Your doctor will explain how to check for the strings periodically — just to make sure it’s still in place.

    18. You should get an STI test before you get the IUD.

    19. There are a few other serious side effects associated with IUDs, but they’re very rare.

    20. If you can't take birth control pills for some reason, you might still be able to use an IUD.

    21. Your insurance should cover IUDs, but it might not.

    22. If you get pregnant while you have an IUD (which is incredibly unlikely), it’s more likely to be ectopic.

    23. IUDs have the highest satisfaction rate of all reversible birth control options.