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A 21-year-old female asked:

are iuds dangerous for women who havent conceived? i want to put one but i was told that it would be dangerous for me. if its not true should i use a hormonal or non hormonal one. ps: am 21y/o?

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Dr. Brad Douglas
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
No: IUD’s are not dangerous in anyone except those who are not in a monogamous relationship and at risk for STDs or any other reason why you should not get one
Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
IUD ?'s: The current IUD's (like Mirena) may cause cramping initially, especially in women who have not had children, but are generally safe. Older types of IUD's with braided "wicks" (like the Dalkon shield) were discontinued b/c of infections causes by migration of bacteria via the "wick effect". At 21, ask your gyn about a low dose oral contraceptive, which affords protection if taken punctually.

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