You've probably heard a lot about IUDs lately. And with all the buzz this birth control has been generating, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking that IUDs, or intrauterine devices, had just hit the market.
In fact, IUDs came into use around the 1950s. And though less than 1 percent of women who used contraception in the early 2000s had one, that stat has been steadily rising ever since. Call it the comeback kid of contraception: Today, it's estimated that around 7 percent of women have an IUD, and the rate nearly doubled between 2006-2010 and 2011-2013 — thanks to safer designs, growing awareness and an effectiveness rate that elbows out most other forms of contraception.
But even as IUDs grow in popularity, there are still a number of common myths and misunderstandings about how they work. So to clear up the confusion, we consulted four gynecologists and reviewed the latest research to find out what every woman really needs to know about the device: