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Can my boyfriend push the IUD during sex?

When Janet wanted to get on contraceptives, she had made up her mind that she would not be getting an intrauterine device (IUD). Her friend Sarah had told her that an IUD can move during sex thus reducing its effectiveness. Is this true?

Well first, the IUD is a very effective method of birth control when installed by a licensed or qualified healthcare provider. Yet, just like Janet, many women worry that it will move during sexual activity thus increasing the chances of unwanted pregnancy.

The chances of this happening are extremely low unless it was not well placed in the first place.

Also, remember that the IUD is placed in the uterus and not the vagina or cervix: A penis or sex toy enters the vagina and not the uterus during penetrative sex. This means that sex cannot force the IUD to move.

What about certain sex positions? Even the most adventurous sex positions and experiences will not displace your IUD or cause it to fall out because of its location.

The IUD is designed with features that enable it to secure its position. During sex, movements that may be caused by inserting the penis or changes in position may cause the strings to shift slightly. Still, they typically return to their original position afterward.

Related: Will my boyfriend feel my IUD during sex?

Research shows that the risk of IUDs coming out due to sexual activity is extremely low, especially for those who have had their device installed by a qualified healthcare professional.

If you are concerned about the possibility of the IUD moving during sex, consulting with a healthcare provider can provide reassurance and guidance.

Overall, the IUD is unlikely to be removed during sex; the chances of this happening are minimal. It remains a reliable and effective form of contraception for many individuals.

Related: All you need to know about the IUD

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