The Intrauterine Device (IUD) is one of the most effective methods of birth control. It can prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years, and is one of the best options for women who are planning to become pregnant in the near future because it is completely and quickly reversible. Before making the decision to use an IUD to prevent pregnancy, it is important to know how much it costs.
Average Cost of an Intrauterine Device
According to Planned Parenthood, the average total cost of an Intrauterine Device is between $175 and $650. This cost does not vary according to whether you are having a ParaGard IUD or a Mirena IUD inserted. When you choose this method of birth control, you are going to need to cover the cost of the medical exam, the cost of the IUD itself, the cost of having the IUD inserted, and follow-up visits.
Factors That Determine the Cost of the IUD
There are several factors which will determine the overall cost of the IUD. For starters, the amount of money that the healthcare provider charges for the visits will play a key role in how much the IUD will cost overall. Note that clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, tend to charge less money than private practices.
It is also important to keep in mind that the cost of the Intrauterine Device will be determined by insurance coverage. The cost of the IUD that you choose to have inserted may be covered by health insurance or Medicaid. You may only need to cover the cost of co-pays when visiting your doctor.
Is the IUD an Affordable Method of Birth Control?
Since the Intrauterine Device can remain in place for up to 12 years, it is considered to be one of the most affordable options that is available to women. This is especially true for women with insurance companies that will cover the cost. While the average cost of the IUD is somewhere between $175 and $650, this is a one time fee. Women who leave it in place for at least two to three years are likely to save more money by opting to use an IUD instead of any other method of birth control.
Although the Intrauterine Device is affordable and very effective, it is important to keep in mind that it does have its drawbacks. Many women who use the IUD experience a 50 to 75% increase in menstrual flow. Women who have had STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, are advised to not use this method of birth control. Speaking of STDs, the IUD does not provide any protection against them so it is important to consider using condoms. There is known to be some discomfort during insertion and many women experience cramping. It is important to be sure to weigh all pros and cons of the IUD before making the decision to have one inserted to prevent pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood, “IUD.”
The American Pregnancy Association, “Birth Control & Preventing Pregnancy.”