'Teen Mom 2' Crash Course: Learn The Basics Of The IUD


By Amy Kramer of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

No more pregnancy scares for Chelsea now that she’s back on a reliable method of contraception. After sweating it out for a few weeks following an unprotected hookup with Adam, Chelsea went to the doctor and got what she needed: a new IUD.

The IUD, which stands for intra-uterine device, is one of the most effective methods of contraception available. There are a few different kinds of IUDs but all of them last for years and don’t require much attention after the initial appointment to have it put in. That means no trips to the drug store, no pill to remember every day and, most importantly, no wondering whether or not you’re pregnant.

There are various types of IUDs -- you should consult with a doctor to find out which one is best for you. The Mirena IUD is made of plastic, lasts up to five years and releases a small amount of hormones to keep sperm from reaching the cervix. The Skyla IUD is brand new and approved for women who haven’t had children yet. It too releases a small amount of hormones, and lasts up to three years. The Paraguard IUD has no hormones, just plastic and copper, and can last up to 12 years. If you decide you want to be pregnant before your IUD time is up, you can easily have it removed by a doctor.

Wanna learn more about IUDs, how they work, where you can get them and what other people who use them have to say? Check out Bedsider.org. Wanna know what happens next to Chelsea, Kailyn, Leah and Jenelle? Check out "Teen Mom 2" every Monday night at 10/9c!