How Do IUDs Work?

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are a popular and effective method of birth control. So why don’t Americans ​use them? Share on Facebook: Share on Twitter:…
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  1. BrainStuff - HowStuffWorks says:

    If intrauterine devices are both popular and effective methods of birth
    control, why won’t Americans use them?

  2. BrainStuff - HowStuffWorks says:

    There’s an interesting New York Times article about the effectiveness of
    birth control that you might find interesting:

  3. Willem Roossien says:

    I would use it

    If it wasnt for the fact that im a guy and cant get pregnant

  4. hannah wood says:

    I love my Paraguard IUD. I suffered with it, but would never change my
    decision to have one. I have never been pregnant before, and I was warned
    that the drawbacks are worse in that case. The few weeks after insertion
    were brutal hell!! I ran a fever, and I could barely lift myself off the
    bed. I run my own business, and had to put things on pause for about a
    month because my pain was so horrifying. My finances went to crap. My
    boyfriend (now husband) and I were not living together then, and he was
    very busy at that time. It would have been nice to have someone around to
    help me out- to make hot water bottles, do the dishes, lift things..
    It seems like everyone reacts differently to the IUD. Some ladies
    experience torture for months, while others just have pain for a week after
    insertion. I recommend that if you decide to go with an IUD, make sure you
    have a lot of support around you just in case you are completely
    immobilized. It wasn’t the best timing for me, but the continual pain
    eventually ceased and things became more normal after a year. (though now I
    still have much heavier periods- there’s so much blood it looks like a
    crime scene. And sometimes there is more pain than usual before and after
    my period). The IUS is an opportunity for spontaneous romance for people
    who are generally irresponsible, like my husband and I. We were having
    unprotected sex for weeks and were really going down the wrong track there!
    ( we really like each other ) I would have have been preggo by now with my
    habits if it weren’t for my IUD. Worth the pain, gals. Just get a
    housekeeper for a few weeks! 

  5. Alexandria Ingram says:

    You failed to mention, as is my case, that you can not get an ID unless you
    have been pregnant and had at least one living, healthy child. This is,
    like it’s predecessor, so you can not come back to sue them because you
    can’t have kids or have to use artificial insemination to conceive due to
    this device. I had to go with Nexplanon because of this loophole.

  6. Jessica Wheaton says:

    My sister has an IUD because of her endometriosis and she was not
    previously pregnant (which may explain why women who have never been
    pregnant may have more pain when the IUD is being inserted because the
    cervix has never been dilated before). It may depend on insurance, on the
    medical need for it (birth control, endometriosis, etc.). I’m not a
    medical expert, I only speak from what I have experienced through my

    It may not be common the U.S. because of a variety of factors…lack of
    education about them, fear of them, and maybe the misconceptions that only
    people who have been pregnant before can use them. Not totally sure. They
    can be painful post insertion (your cervix was made to dilate in order to
    insert a foreign object into the uterus, after all), but my sister has
    never had any pain from endometriosis as a result of an IUD (Mirena, idk
    why I didn’t mention it earlier).

  7. Agustina C says:

    When I was 19, i got the copper IUD (never been pregnant) and it was the
    worst decision ever. Insertion was horribly painful, the pain afterwards
    was just awful, like, I was continuously on the verge of fainting. I never
    stopped bleeding entirely, and pooping gave me cramps. I had to have it
    removed after 2 months (would have done it sooner, but i was scared, cause
    all the pain)
    now, at 24, i got the Skyla IUD, and it is amazing. Sex drive is back up
    to pre-birth control pill levels, it didn’t hurt after the initial
    insertion AND IT IS THE BEST. Skyla only lasts for 3 years, so it’s not as
    cost effective as mirena, but IT IS SO AWESOME. + my periods have stopped.
    It’s pretty feakin’ great.

  8. Cindy Hossack says:

    I’ve had a IUD fitted and I’ve had it for near five years now. And I find
    it works great never had a problem with it. It’s like it’s not there but it
    is, I always check to see its still there and it is. You lady’s should give
    it a go I love it and I’m going for my next five years again sometime this
    year. So good luck girls 🙂 

  9. Ashley Churchill says:

    I think the reason why IUDs aren’t as popular is the high upfront cost. It
    is less expensive over time, but not everyone has $500 to drop on birth
    control. And it is not covered by all drug plans.

  10. Lily Albright says:

    These are really my only option, because I have “aura” migraines, which
    means that introducing more estrogen (The main ingredient in most BC) Could
    cause me to have a stroke.

  11. Sabrina Bowen says:

    This vid left quite a bit of important information out. And no, for the
    record, I would NEVER get one of these. Like ALL forms of Hormonal BC,
    IUD’s increase the chance of cancer and numerous hormone related health
    issues. Copper IUDs carry the risk of copper poisoning, which causes
    blindness, cancer and even brain damage. BOTH increase the risk of
    Alzheimer & Dementia later on in life and BOTH still carry the risk of
    infertility issues later after removal. Simply reading the package inserts
    can tell you most of that, so I’m not sure why the creators of this video
    can’t figure it out – or simply chose to ignore it. IUD’s may be effective,
    but are not without risks. And seeing how their effectiveness is NOT
    marginally higher than other, less dangerous forms of BC – such as condoms
    – there really is no reason for the average woman to even explore that

  12. Stuff Mom Never Told You - HowStuffWorks says:

    Warning: this is not a video about Improvised Explosive Devices, although I
    bet if you ask nicely, the Brainstuff gods might grant you that video.

  13. Michelle Fore says:

    I’m on the IUD and had it since summer it stopped my period yet about 6
    months after I got it I did have some spotting but I read the pamplet and
    its normal for thus to happen. it’s a good birth control I like it I used
    to be on the patch but I couldn’t deal with the itchyness and it kept
    falling off and it was embassing to wear when it was showing the mirena IUD
    there’s nothing to worry about no marking the calender or forgetting to
    take the pill it slides up the urtus it last up to 5 years I can get it
    takin out whenever I want. It’s a good birth control. But it did hurt
    getting it put in. 

  14. Adrian . says:

    IUD, IED, FYI, DUI, DIY, i can’t keep all these american acronyms apart.

  15. Ayer S says:

    I could have sworn it said ‘IEDs’, thought she would teach us how to be
    terrorists lol

  16. mcauleychick2 says:

    Would you recommend that I have my Paragard IUD removed after just finding
    out I am pregnant?

  17. Valerie Tarico says:

    More good news: Menstrual cramps and bleeding during the adjustment phase
    (the first few months) can be managed with ibuprophen. Over time with a
    copper IUD most women’s bodies go back to the pattern they had before while
    the hormonal IUD causes menstrual bleeding and cramps to reduce by on
    average 90% over the course of the first year.

  18. Butt Poopington says:

    They prevent pregnancy 99% of the time? So if I have sex 100 times, I’ll
    only get her pregnant once?

  19. emir patlid says:

    They do not cause abortions? That depends on how do you define ‘abortion’.
    They certainly can prevent an embryo (if fertilization eventually occurs)
    from implanting in the uterus, so obviously those who believe that life
    begins at conception will find that as a form of abortion.

  20. Roommate says:

    Guys use porn, it’s free like youtube.

  21. Adam malec says:

    My wife got an IUD after 2 boys later to focus on finances. I always swear
    I could feel it poking me during sex. while eventually taking it out to try
    to have more kiddies again, she explain to her doctor what I was feeling.
    Her doc said it was impossible. But NO BULLSHIT.I didn’t feel it after it
    was out…long story short, marital trouble months go by, but we still
    doing “it”once in awhile. Then all of a sudden I felt the poking again. I
    waited about a week or so, then asked. She said yes(reason unimportant) but
    want i know, Is It possible for a guy to possibly hit the IUD with his
    penis?? what could be going on?

  22. RedToeNails026 says:

    Still not convinced that shoving a foreign object up my vagina is okay for
    3, 5, or 10 years… I don’t want it to get stuck in my uterus.

  23. Toontown Telegraph says:

    Is it my speakers or does the microphone sound odd?

  24. Valerie Tarico says:

    Great information, though some of it is a little old, and the news is even
    better over time. Hormonal IUD’s are now thought to protect against pelvic
    infections because that same mucus plug that blocks the sperm also blocks
    pathogens. The only infection risk is during the first two weeks, if germs
    get introduced during the insertion. 

  25. Trips1103 says:

    They sound great. But here in the US, they cost in the range of $500-$600,
    unless you can find insurance that will cover it, which is rare. It’s
    definitely out of range for low income families. $20 a month for birth
    control pills is more feasible, which is why you don’t see them very often.

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