The Ultimate Guide to Safer Sex - another fantastic infographic! Though I am surprised that the IUD is not listed as a birth control option... It is the MOST effective form of birth control besides abstinence. I highly recommend it. Regardless, still great info in this infographic!
IUD long term contraceptive option. two types: Copper IUD: Paragard. Hormone free. Works by impairing the mobility of the sperm and making it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant. Needs to be replaced after 10 years. May cause a heavier period. Hormonal IUD: Mirena. Works by thickening the cervix mucous and thins the lining of the uterus, as well as a low dose of progesterone inhibiting ovulation. Needs to be replaced after 5 years. May decrease period flow.
Why Don't More American Women Use IUDs? | Mother Jones Women, educate yourself on your options and fight for what you want! My doctor basically told me last year (2011 for gosh sakes!) that I would have to do my own contraceptive research. Thankfully, it was at a time when I was interested in decreasing ingesting hormones and eating healthier, so I did research the copper IUD option (I love it!!!). There was still resistance from my Dr. because I wasn't married and hadn't had children.