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Print Posted on 01/17/2017 in Women's Health

What Women Say About The IUD

What Women Say About The IUD

Millions of women now have an IUD, and that number is growing rapidly. With all the hubbub lately about birth control coverage, it's no wonder that Google searches for the IUD have gone up nearly 800%! 

But data and fact sheets can only get you so far - if you're like us, you prefer peer reviews. Luckily, the modern IUD has been around for a while now, so it's amassed quite a list of positive and negative feedback. 

In this article, we'll show you the range of this feedback, both good and bad, so you can see what exactly other women are saying about the IUD. We've found these reviews on both magazines and review boards like Drugs.com, with the appropriate link beneath each quote. If you want to see more, follow the link!

As always, feel free to comment yourself below the post, especially if you already have an IUD. Let others know what you think!


The Good


IUD good review 1

via Huffington Post

She makes a good point: you do not need to have had a child to get an IUD! Though insertion process may be more painful, the IUD itself can be used by almost any woman of child-bearing age.


IUD good review 2

via Huffington Post

We don't blame you! Not to disparage the Pill, but the IUD is more effective, safer, lasts so much longer, and doesn't need regular maintenance!


IUD good review 3

via Cosmopolitan

"So there is no forgetting to take a pill." Yep, that's one of the biggest advantages of the IUD: get it and forget it! And it's not uncommon for hormonal IUDs to reduce PMS as well.

IUD good review 4

via Everyday Health

This study actually shows that expected pain before insertion is always higher than actual, experienced pain during insertion!

IUD good review 5

via Everyday Health

This person was actually pretty lucky, because cramps are often reported. Know, however, that they usually subside within the first few months.


IUD good review 6

via Drugs.com

So we've listed "acne" and "changes in appetite" as side effects throughout the site, but to be honest, those are pretty rare. This person's experience is more usual than not.


IUD good review 7

via Drugs.com

Pain killers are one way to make the insertion procedure more comfortable, but ALWAYS check with your doctor before taking them. See if he/she has better ideas.


IUD good review 8

via Drugs.com

Those side effects (like cramping, back pains, discomfort during sex) are more usual with Paragard, but again, they usually go away after a few months! 


The Bad


IUD bad review 1

via Drugs.com

This is why we've included "acne" as a side effect for hormonal IUDs throughout the site - even though it's rare, it does happen sometimes.


IUD bad review 2

via Everyday Health

Those side effects usually go away after three months, but if you have severe spotting like this woman, definitely talk to your doctor and remove the IUD if need be.


IUD bad review 3

via Everyday Health

Just like with acne, we've included "weight gain" and "changes in appetite" as hormonal IUD side effects because they do happen! Again, they are rarer, but you should know absolutely everything before making this decision.


IUD bad review 4

via Cosmopolitan

We're not going to lie - the insertion procedure can be REALLY uncomfortable. There are some ways to mitigate the pain, but they don't always work. For a more in-depth discussion of the insertion procedure, check here.


IUD bad review 5

via Drugs.com

She definitely had some bad reactions to her IUD, which is not unheard of. Talk with your doctor to see how you might react to this form of birth control before moving forward.



Well, there you have it! Clearly, the IUD isn't for everyone...but it comes close. Again, if you'd like to see more reviews, follow the link beneath each quote. Thanks for reading IUD.com!

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