No single contraception method is perfect for everyone. A method that works for one woman may not necessarily work for another.

The best thing you can do is to talk to your doctor before using one method just because someone told you it works for them.

Studies show that IUD is one of the most effective form of reversible contraception. I have no idea what you know about this T-shaped device that is inserted in the uterus, but it is possible that you have the wrong information. Like many other issues, there are myths surrounding the use of various family planning methods, IUD, not excluded.

In this article, we bust some of the common myths people still believe about intrauterine devices (IUDs) as a form of birth control.

1. IUDs cause infertility

Infertility(theGrio)
Infertility(theGrio)

Studies done in the 1970s and 80s might have revealed that IUDs cause infertility but recent studies show the contrary. One study that involved former IUD users and non-IUD users found no links between infertility and IUD use. In fact, 81% of IUD users became pregnant within a period of 12 months as compared to only 71% of non-IUD users.

2. Women who have not given birth cannot use IUD

Yet another common misconception about IUD. Whether a woman has given birth or not, the IUD is safe and effective for all.

3. IUD cause ectopic pregnancy

IUD in uterus(Scientific Animations)
IUD in uterus(Scientific Animations)

In some cases, it is possible to get pregnant while still using an IUD. When this happens, it comes with risks such as preterm delivery, low birth weight, loss of infant and bacterial infections. But ectopic pregnancy is not one of the risks linked to using IUD.

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4. They cause infections

IUDs have been said to cause pelvic inflammatory disease which in return causes infertility in women. But the truth is that they do not cause the infection. They can only worsen an already existing infection. Even so, it is important to get tested for any infections before having the IUD inserted to make sure you are safe.

5. Your partner will feel it during sex

Your partner shouldn't feel the IUD during sex(GainesvilleScene)
Your partner shouldn't feel the IUD during sex(GainesvilleScene)

Unless it’s not properly placed in the uterus, your partner is not supposed to feel the IUD during sex. Your sex life should go on as normal after having it inserted. You can also go on to use the tampon without any issues.

6. The IUD will fall out

If that’s your greatest fear, it’s time you know that the IUD cannot fall out while you are running or doing any other activity. While it can sit low in the uterus and you will need to have the doctor reposition it, it won’t fall out.

7. Inserting the IUD is the most painful experience

Pain gif(Giphy)
Pain gif(Giphy)

Ehm…well, you might feel pain or discomfort but the amount of pain varies from one person to another. So really, the pain shouldn’t be your main reason to avoid the IUD. After all, the pain is just for few minutes then and the IUD can last for up to 10 years.