Question: Question from Claire

What makes an IUD so different from other forms of birth control such as the pill, patch etc. While it sure seems easier than taking a pill every single day, are there significant differences that make the IUD more safe or inferior to other forms of birth control?

Answer

Hi there, that is a great question: an IUD ( intra-uterine device) offers the benefit of long-lasting protection and being free of synthetic estrogens. Depending on the type of IUD, it only has to be replaced between 2 and 5 years. There are no interactions with antibiotics, few systemic effects and they are reliable. As far as reliability goes, the IUD is more effective than the Pill at 99%, however it should be checked after placement to ensure that it does not fall out unnoticed.

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