The Intra-Uterine Device (IUD)

What is it?

The IUD, (intra-uterine device), is an object that is placed inside the uterus (womb) by a physician. There are two different kinds of IUDs manufactured in the United States today.

ParaGard@, manufactures by Duramed Pharmaceuticals, is made of plastic and uses copper as its active ingredient.

Mirena@, manufactured by BAyer Health Care Pharmaceuticals, releases the hormone progesterone.

How does the IUD work?

Although doctors claim they aren't quite sure how the IUD works, it is clear that the IUD does not prevent ovulation, which means that the woman's body will still produce an egg during her monthly cycle. When the IUD is put in place, it and the chemical it contains alters the fluids in the womb and the lining of the womb. The presence of the IUD irritates the lining. This is not necessarily painful to the woman, but it can have deadly effects on a tiny human being.

After this new life begins at fertilization, the tiny boy or girl must travel to the wall of the womb and implant. Because the IUD alters the wall of the uterus, this tissue becomes inhospitable to the new human being. The tiny child cannot attach to the wall of the womb and get nourishment, so he or she dies. This is abortion.

WARNING: You may be told that the IUD can not cause abortion, but that statement is based on the incorrect notion that pregnancy begins when the baby implants in the lining of the womb (about a week after fertilization). This is dishonest and scientifically false. Don't be misled.

Is the IUD safe?

No. Here are some of the side effects:
  • septic abortion - infection that can cause high fever, endometriosis and other complications
  • continuation of pregnancy - dangerous for baby and mother
  • ectopic pregnancy - may be fatal if not discovered in time
  • ovarian cysts
  • pelvic infection, which can lead to sterility
  • embedding the IUD in the uterus, which is very painful
  • perforation of the urinary bladder
  • heart injury
  • spontaneous abortion
  • backache
  • anemia - decrease in red blood cells causing weaknesss and lack of energy
  • localized pain that persists each time ovulation occurs.
The IUD also offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases - including AIDS.

What is my best option?

Some people may try to convince you that the IUD is totally without risk. But that is not true. The IUD could be harmful to you. It also has the potential to abort your baby - without you ever knowing it.

Chastity is the best choice for single people. It helps you stay healthy and assures that you will not be faced with so-called emergency in the first place. If you are married, be faithful to your spouse; and if you really have sufficient reason to avoid having a baby rigth now, learn about the natural family planning.

Why take chances with physicla or emotional health when you have such excellent options?

Be good to yourself. Don't use the IUD.


  1. Anonymous10:45

    I am married but I do not want to get pregnant. My husband is not a good father to the child we do have. I never want to bring another baby into the world while I am married to him. So, what can I do? He demands sex. I am his wife. I do not want to have another baby with him ever.

    1. Anonymous18:54

      Dear Anonymous,

      I would suggests that you learn the Sympto-thermal or Creighton Model of Natural Family Planning. If you use an IUD, you are still bringing a baby to life, but aborting him or her when you have sex in your fertile time. Learn about the healthful values of Natural Family Planning. You will also learn to recognize the markers of your fertility and learn to recognize the warning signs of illness or cancer.

      Your marital problems need to be addressed in counseling — spiritual and medical. Do you both honor God on Sunday by going to Church? Do you every pray together as a family? What is causing your husband to be a bad father? Is there something you might suggest to help him? Sometimes we need to be patient and work with our spouses to give them time to improve and “catch-up” to where they should be in behavior. It might be bad example from his own father that he is imitating. Or maybe he has a medical condition … compulsions or depression.

      Most of all you can pray for him and ask God to send his Holy Spirit to guide you. I would suggest that you pray to Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus, to ask her to pray for you and your family.

  2. Anonymous11:32

    To the author, I never thought of IUD's that way but you are absolutely right. Your comments to the anonymous person were very insightful. I am glad you aren't afraid to tell someone to pray about their problems; even if they believe differently

  3. Anonymous11:38

    @anonymous: You are not an object. Sex should always be consentual. If your husband is mean to your son, your son will be mean to his children. If you are in an abusive relationship, you need to get out. God bless you!

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