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An OB-GYN explains why she recommends IUDs




Samples for two hormone-releasing intrauterine devices are used as models to explain the device to patients. At left is the Skyla and at right is the Mirena.
Samples for two hormone-releasing intrauterine devices are used as models to explain the device to patients. At left is the Skyla and at right is the Mirena.
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Some young women may embrace the use of the intrauterine device, but they are still not universally adored. 

The increasing reliability and convenience of the IUD are some of the reasons its popularity is on the rise, according to Dr. Bryna Harwood, the director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Cedars Sinai.

"We have busy lives, whether we have brand new babies, having a career, or starting school," she says. "But we don't time to attend to something every day."

Harwood adds that IUDs aren't right for every woman, and every experience with contraceptives is different.

"That's why we need lots of highly effective methods for women to find the one that works best for them in that time," she says. "But actually the majority of women who use an IUD have a very good experience with it."

What's the story you want to share about your experience with contraceptives? Which one worked best for you?