1. “Just one act“: It takes a doctor’s visit to have an IUD implanted, but then your birth control is likely set for years.
2. Effective: Once that “one act” is done, the device is close to 100% effective.
3. New coverage rules: Under new federal rules, insurance companies must cover FDA-approved contraception, which includes the IUD, with no co-pays or additional fees.
4. Periods diminish or disappear with the Mirena IUD — considered a plus by many women.
5. The Paragard IUD offers effective long-term birth control without hormones.
6. Though IUDs work long-term, their birth control effect is reversible: once they’re out, it ends.
7. They’re private: As this fact sheet points out, an IUD cannot be seen or felt.
8. Recent research suggests IUDs are safe enough to be implanted at what we’d call a “never again” moment, right after a birth or an abortion.
9. Other countries have much higher rates than America does, with good success, while we have a shocking accidental pregnancy rate of over 50%.