Can I get an IUD if I haven’t had a child?

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Someone asked us:

do you have to have had a child to have an IUD?

No – this is a really common myth, so we’re glad you brought it up. Most people with uteruses can use an IUD safely, regardless of whether they’ve had children.

The reason this myth is out there is because it used to be true that you could only get an IUD if you’d already had children. It can sometimes be a bit easier to insert an IUD into a uterus if a woman’s already given birth — but it’s still safe and simple even if you haven’t.

IUDs are a great form of long term birth control.  Depending on which type you get (Mirena, ParaGard, and Skyla coming out in the next few weeks), they can last for as long as you want, up to 3-12 years.  They’re over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, which makes them one of the most effective forms of birth control out there.

Wondering if the IUD is right for you? Talk with your health care provider, and check out our website for more information on IUDs. 

- Nina at Planned Parenthood