IUB Pros and Cons
IUB Pros and Cons
Women’s health is at the forefront of medical innovation; there are so many types of birth control methods out there, that sometimes the choices can become overwhelming. If you have narrowed down your options and are looking for a non-hormonal, long term and reversible contraceptive method and have decided on an Intra-Uterine device, there will always be some pros and cons to it.
Advantages of IUD and IUB
1) It’s effective. An IUD is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy
2) It’s convenient. Instead of taking a birth control pill every day, or getting a scheduled injection every three or so months, you don’t have to worry about your IUD or IUB.
3) It helps reduce period pain and severity. Even if you use it for birth control, it gives the added benefit of reducing the heaviness of your period – over time, once your body has become accustomed to it.
4) It has fewer side effects than the birth control pill. Women who take the pill can sometimes experience pregnancy symptoms – like weight gain and nausea – due to the hormones. IUD’s and IUB's do not come with the same side effects that the Pill can cause
5) It’s reversible. If you’ve had your IUD for two years and you’d like to try for a baby, your device can be removed by a healthcare professional.
Disadvantages of IUD
1) Many women will have bleeding after an IUD insertion that can continue for weeks or months as the body adjusts to the presence of the IUD in the uterus. This side effect usually ends after 3-5 months.
2) The hormonal IUDs, over time, can decrease the amount of bleeding in a normal menstrual cycle; however some women might consider this a benefit.
3) A very rare side effect is perforation of the uterus while the device is being inserted. This serious side effect is very rare - and is even lower risk when using an IUB.
4) The original problem with IUDS in the 1970s, when they were introduced, involved pelvic infections or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). This was due to the type of filament used in the strings attached to the early-model IUD. Early IUD s had multi-filament strings that provided a pathway for bacteria to enter the uterus. The early IUDs were removed from the market in 1986 due to lawsuits over their severe side effects. Today’s models use a monofilament string that does not carry the threat of hosting bacteria.
5) An IUD should not be placed in a woman who has any active bacterial infections or STDs. Therefore, doctors may do tests for STDs before placing an IUD.
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One last important note: While IUDs provide excellent birth control, they do not prevent sexually transmitted diseases. All precautions against STDs, including use of condoms, should be continued while using an IUD for birth control.
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