Everything You Need to Know About Getting an IUD

Amanda Montell

Urban Outfitters

In light of the recent election results, many American women are growing concerned about the future of their reproductive health. "One thing that many women have already asked me is whether they should 'rush' to get an IUD inserted before Congress fulfils its pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare," Donnica L. Moore, MD, president of Sapphire Women's Health Group, wrote in an email to me this morning. "Under the ACA, all plans must offer at least one fully covered option in 18 different categories of contraception with no deductibles and no copays," she explains. "Many women are concerned that will end if Obamacare is repealed." Of course, this is not a guarantee, but with such uncertainty in the air, women are looking to take action to protect their bodies now.

Just in the last 72 hours, Google searches for the term "IUD" have skyrocketed as women start to seriously consider it as a long-term option. But the unfiltered whirlpool of information online can be daunting and unclear. So to help provide straightforward information about the IUD, we consulted five women's health experts. If you're currently asking yourself things like What is an IUD?, Is an IUD right for me?, and How much does an IUD cost?, we are here to help. Keep scrolling for answers to all your questions about the IUD (and to find out if it's right for you).

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