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Having an IUD in your body is one of the most effective ways of birth control. The other easier methods like condoms and birth control pills do result in failures and you might fail to take your pills occasionally leading to anxiety and stress when it is that time of the month. Yet women hesitate to try an IUD. Statistics reveal that only 12 women go in for IUDs whereas almost 40 of the fertile women in USA practise birth control in some form or the other. Why is this reluctance? First the IUDs are more expensive and medical insurance did not cover birth control devices initially making it impossible for women with limited means of income to opt for it. There are a few health risks associated with it too. However, only 1 out of every 1000 women may experience side effects after having an IUD inserted. The entire process has become feasible financially too, now that the Affordable Health Care Act is in place.
But the most common problem that stops women from availing this easy and effective method are the myths surrounding it. Check out the common ones below as we try to dispel them one by one. Take your pick of birth control thereafter. Good Luck!
Myth 1: It is only meant for women with children
There is no truth in this belief. Both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend it for adolescents who have become sexually active.
Myth 2: It is extremely painful.
Wrong again! It is mildly discomforting no doubt but the feeling is akin to a severe menstrual cramp nothing more. However, some women may feel more pain due to their low tolerance. You are welcome to discuss this issue with your doctor before getting it inserted.
Myth 3: It will fall out or be displaced.
There is a miniscule chance of it being expelled by your body (3-5). However, you are likely to feel it in the form of a cramp or a big clot when it does come out. Your doctor will also teach you how to inspect whether the device is in place. Remember to use a back up method of contraception for the first three weeks after you get an IUD inserted though. It is likely to be expelled, if at all during this period.
Myth 4: IUDs make you infertile.
This myth has its roots in the 60s and 70s when the intra uterine devices were really inferior. A lot of women were infected and became infertile then. The present day IUDs are infinitely superior to them and will neither cause infection nor result in infertility.
Myth 5: Doctors have to induce a labor like contraction for inserting the IUD
This is not true at all. You will not feel the contraction associated with the birthing process. The doctor will instead stretch your cervix a little that resembles a menstrual cramp, nothing more. So Relax!
Check out the video to watch the procedure before you reject it unnecessarily.
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