Which Is Safer: The Pill or IUDs?

Sixty-two percent of American women use some from of birth control. If you (or a loved one) are of reproductive age and considering birth control, it’s important to choose one that’s right for you.

Are oral contraceptives safe?

Oral birth control pills are daily medications that contain hormones to prevent pregnancy. Even though birth control pills are very safe, they aren’t for everyone. If you have pre-existing health problems like blood clots, vein inflammation, breast cancer, heart problems, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, diabetes or liver disease you should avoid using oral contraceptives.

Are IUDs safe?

An IUD is a small, flexible and plastic contraceptive device that’s inserted into the uterus. This method of birth control is long-lasting, safe, and extremely effective. However, some pre-existing health conditions can make side effects or complications more likely. If you have the following conditions, an IUD might not be for you:

  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • Pelvic infection
  • Pregnancy
  • Untreated cervical cancer
  • Uterine cancer

Is an IUD right for you?

If you’re interested in an extremely effective and reversible method of birth control, you might want to consider an IUD. IUDs can last between three and six years for the hormonal options and up to 12 years for the non-hormonal option. With one quick and painless procedure an IUD can protect you from pregnancy for as long as you need to. Once you’re ready to restore your fertility, simply have it removed.

This is an important distinction to consider when choosing between the pill and IUDs. Oral contraceptives can take between one week and three months to fully restore your fertility.

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