6 Things Everyone Should Know About IUDs

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Never heard of the IUD until Jessica Simpson announced to Ellen (and the world) that she has one? You’re not alone: Sixty-eight percent of people say they know little or nothing about the IUD, and 27% don’t know where it’s inserted. Although IUDs have become even more popular in the past few months, they can still be somewhat of a mystery — so it’s worth going over the basics and clarifying a few misconceptions.
Once you’re familiar with IUDs, make sure you learn about all your other options (like the Pill, the Depo shot, the ring, the implant — and so many more) and find the method that works best for you.