After last week’s post about the IUD I was flooded with questions (I am sure by now you know I love questions)! Many of the things people heard were simply not true!!! Unfortunately there are a lot of misconceptions out there about birth control, especially the IUD, so I want to use this week’s post to clarify some of the most common IUD myths.
Myth: It can only be used by women who have had children.
Fact: The IUD is a totally acceptable form of birth control for women who have not had children. We insert them all the time here at New Gen in women who have not had children.
Myth: The IUD can only be used by women of a certain age.
Fact: Nope, not true. Age is not a factor when considering an IUD.
Myth: It can make a woman infertile (unable to have babies in the future).
Fact: The effects of the IUD are totally reversible. Once you get the IUD taken out the chances of getting pregnant are the same as they were before the IUD was put in.
Myth: It causes an increase chance of PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease).
Fact: This is an outdated thought. Many studies have confirmed that the risk of infection and infertility among IUD users is very low. When PID in an IUD user does occur, the PID is caused by (recognized or unrecognized) an STD not by the IUD itself. At New Gen we screen all our patients for STD’s before inserting the IUD.
Myth: A woman who was using an IUD became pregnant. The IUD became embedded in the baby’s forehead.
Fact: The IUD is very effective, so it is really unlikely to get pregnant when you are using it (remember, nothing but abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy)! If a woman does gets pregnant with an IUD in place, the health provider will remove the IUD immediately due to the risk of miscarriage. In addition, the fetus is very well-protected by the sac filled with amniotic fluid inside the mother’s womb. If for some reason the IUD is left in place during a pregnancy, it is usually expelled with the placenta or with the baby at birth.
Myth: The IUD might travel inside a woman’s body to her heart or her brain.
Fact: There is no passage from the uterus to the other parts of the body. The IUD is placed inside the uterus and unless it is accidentally expelled (falls out of the uterus), it stays there until removed by a trained health care provider.
And these are just a few of the misconceptions! There are most definitely plenty more.
What have you heard about the IUD?
In happiness & health,
Reviewed by Grace Shih, MD