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U.S. women are catching on to the awesomeness of IUDs—but sometimes old myths die hard.

In spite of all the good news about IUDs, there are still lots of myths and misunderstandings about it rattling around the internet and even among health care providers. Here are 5 of the most common myths I’ve heard—and the reality behind each.

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Just because you haven't gotten pregnant yet does not mean you don't need birth control.

Research has shown that about 30% of teens and 19% of women age 18-29 believe that an accidental pregnancy can’t or won’t happen to them. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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Effective birth control isn’t always a product made by a pharmaceutical company…

In the first six months after birth, breastfeeding provides many benefits to the new mom and her baby—and effective contraception is one of them. In medical circles, this little window is referred to as lactational amenorrhea.

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