18. You should get an STI test before you get the IUD - it’s crucial to get tested for these infections before you get an IUD and any time you may be at risk while you have an IUD in. Your doctor may test you for chlamydia and gonorrhea right before she inserts the IUD, which is also fine as long as you treat the infections immediately if your test comes back positive, says Minkin.
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!
A Rant About Birth Control. And the Synchronicities Around Getting my IUD Removed.
I still can’t believe it’s 2016 and we don’t have better birth control options. It’s either take some crazy fake hormones, or have some foreign body inserted in your uterus, or chart your cycles and risk having an abortion. Ultimately I ended up getting an IUD because it wasn’t fake hormones (I got the copper one) and it didn’t mess with your cycle - you still bled and ovulated and all that as per usual.