The Advantages of Choosing an IUD Over Other Birth Control

Choosing a birth control method is a highly personal decision based on lots of factors. Obviously, it’s important to have a method that’s effective in preventing pregnancy. But it’s also important to select an option that’s easy to use, convenient and, of course, safe to use over a long period of time. Today, there are several options that fit the bill, but for many women, intrauterine devices or IUDs offer the most advantages.

What about the pill?

In the U.S., birth control pills are the most popular type of non-permanent contraception. About 25% of women who use birth control take pills — slightly more than twice the number of women who use IUDs, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization focused on reproductive health. Birth control pills gained widespread popularity in the 1970s, and since then, plenty of studies have demonstrated their effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.

But as popular as they are, pills aren’t all that convenient; you need to remember to take your pill every day at roughly the same time each day; forget to take a pill, and you could leave yourself open to an unplanned pregnancy. Plus, birth control pills can increase your risk of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks, especially if you’re older or you take pills for a prolonged period of time.

Benefits of IUDs

Pills aren’t the only other type of contraceptive; the ring, the patch, injectables, and condoms are other options, although not nearly as popular as pills. But for many women, IUDs offer some pretty substantial benefits over all these other options:

Rise in popularity

Although birth control pills have traditionally commanded the lion’s share of contraceptive usage in the U.S., IUDs have become increasingly popular during the past several years. One possible reason: Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), insurance companies are required to cover the cost of birth control, including IUD insertion and follow-up visits.

Of course, with the healthcare debate raging on in Washington, there’s no guarantee insurance coverage will be available indefinitely. If you’re considering an IUD — or any other type of birth control — now is the time to talk to Dr. Weyhrich about all your options. To schedule your appointment, call the office of Dr. Darin L. Weyhrich, M.D., at 208-254-1661 or use our contact form to get in touch today.

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