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Why is an iud more effective than an oral contraceptive?

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Dr. Charles Whiting answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

No remembering!: The majority of oral contraception failures are due to incorrect use. You forget to take the pill. You get sick and throw it up. You take an herb or antibiotic that interferes with the pill's action, etc. IUDs remove the human factor. In addition, they are positioned in the uterus where they can have a dramatic effect without the side-effects a pill would have to get the same result.

Answered 8/31/2014



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