What you need to know about IUDs, the invisible birth control

Birth control can be complicated with so many options. Give a shot to a method you can't even see.
Birth control can be complicated with so many options. Give a shot to a method you can’t even see.

Don’t settle for the same old sex shizz you did when you had braces or pimples. Although you may have sampled different sexual positions and partners before getting comfortable with your current jam, if you haven’t been equally exploratory with birth control, it may be time to upgrade to a method that better suits you and your partner’s current needs. So get  ready from some straight talk about the intrauterine device (IUD) because I’ve come up with a cheat sheet to get schooled on this increasingly popular choice.

First, a heads up: Lovers for whom pregnancy prevention isn’t an issue don’t need IUDs, and the device won’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections like HIV and sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs/STDs) unless you pair it with a male or female condom.

According to Guttmacher Institute, almost 1 in every 10 American women using contraception in the 1970s picked IUDs; however, they fell out of popularity and out of the market after a spate of deaths, miscarriages, and infertility-inducing disasters. Scary stuff, right? Well, they’re back and now offer better safety. More than 2 million American women use them — the highest usage rate in nearly three decades.

No one knows for sure how it works — for real, it’s a longstanding mystery — but the IUD likely cockblocks sperm by either preventing it from entering the uterus or preventing the egg from being fertilized. A doctor inserts the T-shaped device, and it’s effective as hell as preventing pregnancy. It is undetectable, reversible, easy to use, and once it is in, you’re pretty much good to go.

I’m not going to tell you or your lover to let anyone shove a foreign object in a uterus without substantial homework. Be sure to check out other alternatives to the pill such as the implant, the shot, the ring, the patch, diaphragms, and cervical caps. That said, if you have the kind of sex and produces babies and you’re ready to say “hello spontaneous and pregnancy-free sex” with an IUD, here’s a very quickie overview to help you talk about about the benefits — and drawbacks! — of the three most common options.

Birth control chart


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Comments

1

  1. FYI while I like the fact that you discussed the IUD as a viable birth control options. You may want to actually get your information correct about the side effects of the IUD. The Paragard IUD has normal periods to heavier more crampier periods. Please if you are going to provide medical information at least provide accurate information.