“IUDs are dangerous”
“Intrauterine devices [a device implanted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy, most commonly the Mirena or Paraguard] get a bad rap as being dangerous. The truth is modern IUDs are the safest and most effective form of temporary birth control methods that we have. Progesterone containing IUDs, like the Mirena, also can actually reduce pain and bleeding with a woman’s menstrual period.” Richard K. Krauss, MD
Watch out for the clear signs you should switch to an IUD.
“Once I’m done having children, I no longer need to see my ob-gyn”
“Just because you are finished having children doesn’t mean that you should skip your gynecologist visit. He or she will still want to discuss your overall health like your blood pressure, weight, family planning, and any other health screenings you may need, such as for STIs, cervical cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.” Cherrell Triplett, MD, an ob-gyn at Southside OBGYN in Indianapolis and clinical assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine
“Breast cancer doesn’t run in my family so I’m safe”
“Women sometimes think they can’t get breast cancer if they have no family history of the disease. This is often used as an excuse to not go for mammograms. But the truth is that the majority of women who get breast cancer have no family history—it can happen to anyone. Mammograms can detect cancers at a small, curable stage, and can be lifesaving.” Ronit Sugar, MD, FACS, board-certified breast surgeon at Aria Health