7 Common Myths Regarding IUDs, Busted!
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Truth To Myths of Using IUD
Here are some common misconceptions:
1. IUDs Cause Abortions
This is quite a popular misunderstanding among women. The truth is that IUDs work by preventing fertilization from happening. Copper IUDs are the best form of spermicide, stopping the swimmers from reaching the egg.
On the other hand, hormonal IUDs thicken cervical mucus, creating an effective barrier that blocks sperm from entering the uterus. IUDs may prevent implantation in extremely rare cases, but this is considered a contraceptive effect, not an abortion.
2. IUDs are Less Effective in Preventing Pregnancy
That’s not true at all! In fact, IUDs are more than 99% effective. Both hormonal and copper IUDs are among the most reliable reversible contraceptive methods available. The hormonal IUD, which releases levonorgestrel, has a pregnancy rate of less than 1 per 100 women over the first year of use, and the copper IUD has a similar rate.
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3. IUDs Harm the Penis During Intercourse
If your partner is scared of hurting his genitalia, let them know that IUDs are securely placed in the uterus, where the penis doesn’t even touch! However, if they still are reluctant, the strings can be shortened by a healthcare provider, and they won’t cause any harm.
4. Women with IUDs Cannot Do Heavy Work
Using IUDs does not hinder daily activities or stop you from doing heavy work. Whether it is at the gym or doing household chores, your IUD will not interfere.
5. IUD Coils Can Travel to the Heart or Brain
Definitely not! They are safely secured within the uterus, so there is no pathway to other organs like the heart or brain. Once correctly put in, they remain in place until a trained healthcare provider removes them.
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6. You Cannot Get Pregnant After Using an IUD
Your fertility returns to normal shortly after the removal of IUDs. Studies show that most women who discontinue using the IUD become pregnant just as quickly as those who have never used contraception.
7. IUDs Can Come Out Embedded in Babies’ Foreheads
That is far from reality! If a woman, by any chance, becomes pregnant with an IUD, doctors will remove it right away due to infection risks. If, for some reason, the IUD remains during pregnancy, it will either be expelled with the placenta or during childbirth. Please note that babies are well-protected in the amniotic sac, so there are no worries about IUDs causing any issues for them.