A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has verified what I have known for years now. IUDs are a fantastic option for contraception.
According to the study, the US has the highest rate of unintended pregnancy among developed nations, and at least half of these unintended pregnancies are due to incorrect contraception use. As I said before, one of the best reasons to choose an IUD over other contraception options is the removal of human error from the equation. When you don’t have to remember to take a pill or put on a condom correctly, it makes the risk of an unintended pregnancy almost zero. In fact, IUDs are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy in comparison to the pill, the patch, or the ring.
I have said it before, and I’ll say it again. The next time you have a gynecology appointment, talk to your doctor about getting an IUD. The effectiveness, the peace of mind, and the lack of hassle are worth it. Arm yourself with information, and if they refuse to consider you for an IUD, then find another gynecologist. I have heard anecdotal evidence that Planned Parenthood is particularly pro-IUD for anyone who is interested in getting one.