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Because U really don't want to deal with an unplanned pregnancy...
20-25% of pregnancies in Canada end in an abortion
 
Because U deserve the most effective form of birth control...
IUDs simply are the BEST way to prevent pregnancy, they are over 99% effective!
The pregnancy rates of women using IUD are very low, and almost the same as, or better than, getting your tubes tied.
Here is some information about pregnancy rates with typical use of different birth control options:
If 1000 women were to use no birth control, after 1 year, we can expect pregnancies in about 850 women
If 1000 women were to use condoms, after 1 year, we can expect pregnancies in about 150 women (because condoms break, or you may forget to use them everytime)
If 1000 women were to use birth control pills, after 1 year, we can expect pregnancies in about 80 women (because you may forget to take them at exactly the right time everyday)
If 1000 women were to have a tubal ligation, after 1 year, we can expect pregnancies in about 5 women
If 1000 women were to use non hormonal (copper) IUD, after 1 year, we can expect pregnancies in only about 8 women
If 1000 women were to use a hormonal IUD (Kyleena, Mirena, Jaydess) after 1 year,we can expect pregnancies in only about 2 women
 
Because U are not planning a pregancy anytime soon...
IUD can stay in place for 3-10 years, depending on the IUD model and type.
Because IUDs can stay in place for 3-10 years, they are a great option for women who don't plan to be pregnant for at least a year or more.
If you change your mind and want to be pregnant before your IUD expires, it can be easily removed. 
Depending on the type of IUD, you return to your regular fertility either immediately or within 1-2 months.
 
Because U don't have time to think about your birth control...
Once an IUD is in place, you do not need to do anything to make it work
Let's face it, women are busy!  You prefer a birth control method that you don't need to think about daily, weekly, monthly or even every time you have sex.
Whether you have a hectic schedule, demanding job, a busy family, work shift work, or travel etc., many women may find it difficult to use a birth control method that requires constant attention.  Once an IUD is in place, you don't need to do anything to make it effective!
 
Because U really don't like hormones...
IUDs have no or minimal amount of hormones
Many women do not tolerate or like the possible side effects with hormones used in other forms of birth control.
Depending on the type of IUD you choose, you can pick an IUD with no hormones, or an IUD that uses just one type of hormone that works locally in the uterus.
Read our "about IUDs" page for more information on your IUD options.
 
Because U just never know...
IUDs are reversible.
Although you may be sure that you don't want any (more) children, your situation could change.
How you feel now, may not be how you feel in the future.
IUD's offer you the option to change your mind, because you just never know for certain.
Although having a tubal ligation (getting your tubes tied) is an effective form of birth control, it is not reversible.
Because tubal ligations require surgery, they are more involved (require hospital stay) and could have more significant risks.  There may be wait times to get this procedure. Many surgeons who offer tubal ligations, will encourage women to consider IUD's instead.  IUD's are as generally as effective as surgery, but the process of getting an IUD is simpler than getting your tubes tied.
 

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