IUDs don’t cause abortions, Anti-Choicers.
Here’s the website for Mirena in case you want to see what they say.
I’m a nursing student at the 5th best nursing school in the country, University of Michigan. I doubt that anything they’ve taught me in regards to medicine is a lie.
- An IUD, much like Emergency Contraception prevents the implantation of a zygote in the uterus. Anti-choicers like to say that a zygote is a person and call it an abortion, but with logic, we see that is false. Pregnancy begins when a zygote implants in the uterus. Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. No implantation ≠ abortion.
- If you are already pregnant (zygote implanted in uterus), exactly like an EC, the IUD will not interrupt the pregnancy. It will continue and if not terminated, the IUD might be removed, depending on placement of IUD and how far along the pregnant person is. Even if a fetus is born holding an IUD (it is possible and I’ve heard of it happening), no risks have been found to result from such a thing. (Mirena contains a low dose of progestin. No estrogen!)
- The placement of an IUD would make it difficult for an embryo to attach itself to, though it could be possible. Implantation takes place higher in the uterus while an IUD only has small arms that reach over the cervix.
- An IUD is more effective than female sterilization. It is the most effective birth control available to females. It is safe overall, but like any other birth control, it has risks. Side effects can be read on the website.
- Fun fact: An IUD can be placed instead of taking the EC pill! It’s even more effective, and longer lasting (5 years!), so while it is around $300, it is a good, economical solution to birth control.