I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but choosing contraception is a super personal choice. Everyone reacts to contraception differently and it all depends on your body, your lifestyle and your personal preferences. I know, right? This article is groundbreaking stuff. Stick with me. When I was choosing my next method of not getting pregnant, I …
IUDs. Works by stopping sperm from reaching the egg. Perfect use: Inserted into woman by doctor. Typical use: the same as perfect. Advantages: Insert and forget, least expensive BC for woman, last a long time 5-7years. Disadvantages: needs a doctor to place it, could slip out of place, cause infection. Prescription required.
NuvaRing caused my daughter’s death. Like so many women, she had no idea of the risks
NuvaRing caused my daughter’s death. Like so many women, she had no idea of the risks -- Fatal blood clots are a rare but real risk for women taking most hormonal birth control. The ring or patch is riskier than the pill. Either copper or hormonal (progestin-releasing) IUDs don't have that risk, but they can have other side effects (like a punctured uterus). All contraception carries risk, but pregnancy is still riskier. Still, many patients don't realize that some birth control methods are riskier than others. They may not have been told about other risk factors like smoking or being overweight, or learned how to identify the symptoms of a clot.
IUD IUD stands for intrauterine device, a T-shaped piece of plastic that is placed inside the uterus by a doctor. The copper IUD, ParaGard, works for as long as 12 years. The hormonal IUD, Mirena, must be replaced after 5 years. Both types make it more difficult for sperm to fertilize the egg. Fewer than eight in 1,000 women get pregnant. Pros: Long-lasting, low-maintenance. Cons: Irregular or heavier periods. More expensive upfront, may slip out, may cause side effects.