The Pros and Cons of Switching From the Pill to an IUD

If you are currently using birth control pills, you might be wondering if you should switch to a different method of birth control. One that has become quite common as of late is the IUD. Many women benefit from switching to the IUD, but it's not for everyone. Here are some pros and cons to ponder as you decide whether you should make the switch.

Pro: You don't have to remember to do something every day.

Remembering to take a birth control pill every cay can be a bit cumbersome. If you are someone who tends to forget to their pill, this increases your risk of an accidental pregnancy. You might also find it a hassle to set aside what you're doing and go take a pill once a day. With an IUD, there's nothing to remember on a daily basis. Once the IUD is inserted, you can leave it in place for 3 - 7 years, depending on the exact type of IUD you choose.

Con: You have to see a professional to have the IUD removed when you want to stop using birth control.

If you are on birth control pills and decide you want to become pregnant, all you need to do is stop taking the pills. It's a bit more of a hassle to stop "using" an IUD. You need to make an appointment with your doctor to have it removed.

Pro: IUDs allow you to avoid using hormones if you want.

If you are someone who does not react well to hormonal birth control, or if you simply prefer not to alter your natural hormone levels, then an IUD is a good choice. Copper IUDs prevent pregnancy without releasing any hormones into your system. They have a long track record of safety and effectiveness.

Con: Some women experience cramping after having an IUD inserted.

Having an IUD inserted is not always pleasant. Many women do find the process a bit painful, and it's not uncommon for them to have cramps and other period-like symptoms for a few days afterward. This does pass, and so it is not a deal-breaker for most women. However, if you have a low pain tolerance or are particularly prone to cramping, an IUD may not be for you.

So, are you ready to switch from birth control pills to an IUD? Talk to a gynecologist to learn more about this birth control option.