It’s hassle-free. You don’t have to deal with it for a decade.
Reproductive health experts believe the time is right to re-educate doctors—and women—about the new generation of IUDs. According to the CDC, 30% of women will try at least five different kinds of birth control, and for women not happy with the Pill, who want a non-hormonal contraceptive, or who are concerned about its side effects, the IUD is an effective way to avoid pregnancy.
The IUD is a very small T-shaped rod inserted by a doctor into the uterus, where it emits either the hormone progestin or copper, both of which are hostile to sperm. There are three FDA-approved IUDs available in the U.S.—Mirena and Skyla, which are hormonal, and ParaGard, which is wrapped in copper coils—and they are all extremely effective, with a failure rate of less than one pregnancy per 100 women—compared with 9 per 100 women on the Pill.