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Intrauterine Devices are effective for birth control but do not protect you from STDs

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Question:

"Do my boyfriend and I have to worry about condoms if I have an IUD?"

- Anonymous

Response:

This is an important question to know the answer to. Before we jump into it, let's make sure all of our readers are aware of what an IUD is.

IUD stands for intrauterine device. IUDs are T-shaped and they rest in a woman's uterus. IUDs are designed for birth control and they are an effective, long term way to prevent pregnancy. 

There are two types of IUDs: non-hormonal and hormonal. Non-hormonal IUDs are made out of copper. Copper effectively kills sperm, which is how they prevent pregnancy. Hormonal IUDs release hormones to stop a woman from ovulating. Hormonal IUDs are very effective at preventing pregnancy for this reason. Both types of IUDs are over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

If the only concern you have with your boyfriend is whether or not you will become pregnant, then the answer to your question is no. You should not need to employ another method of birth control if you are using an IUD. 

However, if you are worried about whether or not you will catch an STD, then it is critically important that you understand that you should, indeed, be using condoms. IUDs are not designed to prevent STDs from spreading and are fully ineffective in that regard.

If you have not been using condoms because you thought your IUD protected you from STDs, you should get tested for sexually transmitted diseases as quickly as you can. As stated before, IUDs provide no protection from these types of infections.

I hope this clears things up for you. Remember to always practice safe sex.


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