There’s been a lot of buzz about IUD’s in the blogosphere this past week. I’ve only known one person who has used an IUD for birth control, so I am immensely curious about why the IUD has become so popular as of late. Kate Klonick at Slate writes about the economic benefits of switching to an IUD. While the Pill can cost nearly $50 a month, an IUD has a one-time cost of $300-$500, but it will last for up to ten years. Elizabeth Garber-Paul at RH Reality Check mentions another benefit: you don’t have to remember to take a pill every day, like you do with oral contraceptives.
For those who don’t know, IUD stands for “intrauterine device.” It’s a small, T-shaped piece of plastic that is inserted into the uterus by a gynecologist. Some release hormones that prevent pregnancy. Other methods have a copper coil that prevents an egg from being implanted in the uterus. According to Planned Parenthood, the IUD is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
My preferred method of birth control is lesbianism. It’s more fun than abstinence, and it’s 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (unless you’re one of those turkey baster lesbians). I can see the appeal of the IUD, though. How about you? What’s your preferred birth control method, and why? I’d love to get your take in the comments section.