How Effective is IUD Birth Control?

How Effective is IUD Birth Control?

How Effective is IUD Birth Control?

“IUDs are one of the best birth control methods out there — more than 99% effective. That means fewer than 1 out of 100 women who use an IUD will get pregnant each year.

 

IUDs are so effective because there's no chance of making a mistake. You can’t forget to take it (like the pill), or use it incorrectly (like condoms). And you're protected from pregnancy 24/7 for 3 to 12 years, depending on which kind you get. Once your IUD is in place, you can pretty much forget about it until it expires.

 

How effective are copper IUDs when used as emergency contraception?

The IUD is the most effective method of emergency contraception available. If you get it within 120 hours (5 days) after having unprotected sex, it’s more than 99.9% effective at preventing pregnancy. Then, if you want to, you can keep it in to continue preventing pregnancy for up to 12 more years.

 

Do IUDs protect against STDs?

No, IUDs don't protect against STDs. Luckily, using condoms or female condoms every time you have sex does lower the chance of getting or spreading STDs. So using condoms with your IUD is the way to go.

 

What are the risks of an IUD?

There are possible risks with an IUD, but serious problems are really rare.

The IUD can sometimes slip out of the uterus — it can come all the way out or just a little bit. If this happens, you can get pregnant. If the IUD only comes out part of the way, it has to be removed.

 

It is possible — though extremely unlikely — to get pregnant even if the IUD is in the right spot. If you get pregnant, you should have the IUD removed as soon as you find out. If you get pregnant with an IUD in place, there’s an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy and other serious health problems.

 

It’s possible to get an infection if bacteria get into the uterus when the IUD is inserted. If the infection isn't treated, it may affect your chances of getting pregnant in the future.

 

When the IUD is put in, it could push through the wall of the uterus. This sounds painful, but it usually doesn't hurt. But if this happens, you could need surgery to remove the IUD. This is very rare.

 

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h/t to plannedparenthood.org for the great info!