4. Affordability. The IUD has a hefty upfront cost ($300-500) plus the fee for the insertion, but you will likely only be responsible for a co-pay if you have insurance. Birth control pills, on the other hand, can easily cost over $200 annually. The IUD is good to go for five years, which makes it the most inexpensive form of birth control available on the market. Jagged Little Pill: Paying For Birth Control
5. Low or no side effects. The IUD comes with a sometimes painful insertion procedure, a few weeks of spotting, and initial cramping. However, unlike other long-term options, such as the progestrogen shot or an under-the-skin implant, it doesn't cause long-term, severe side effects such as weight gain or chronic headaches. In fact, it can even treat some of those pesky health issues you've been dealing with. Can't take hormonal birth control? The copper IUD is completely hormone-free and is effective for up to ten years. Sick of PMS symptoms or heavy menstrual flow? Try the low-hormone Mirena, which alleviates both and sometimes eliminates periods altogether.
IUDs are rising in popularity, even among college-aged women who have never given birth. (Traditionally, it has only been used by women who have been pregnant before.) However, not all doctors are comfortable recommending and inserting them, since research in favor of the IUD is a very recent development. If the trends abroad are any indication, however, the IUD is poised to make a comeback in the States, where women unhappy with the Pill have long yearned for an alternative.