Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood on June 21, 2012

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Laura Corio, MD. Ob-Gyn, NYU Medical Center

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Narrator: When can I use an IUD?

Laura Corio, MD: It seems that the IUD is a form of birth control that if you are not monogamous, monogamous, and you go out and have another partner, the bacteria is different,
and so there's a string with the IUD that allows for bacteria to go up into your uterus and out the fallopian tubes and cause a possibility of pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. So I wouldn't put it into a young girl who hasn't had their family, and I would put it into someone who is at the point where they've had their kids and they say they are done, and it's a great form of birth control. They don't have to think about. And, like I said the new Mirena IUD can even make their periods lighter. And most women are thrilled. They don't want heavier periods, they want lighter periods.