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Finding the right birth-control method that works most seamlessly with your lifestyle can be a painstaking process, but for most, it's totally worth it. And, while many women enlist the more conventional method, the pill, to do the trick, there are other popular, effective options available. Enter, the intrauterine device (IUD). You know, that thing that looks like a pogo stick?
An IUD is a small, T-shaped device inserted into the uterus that functions as a longterm birth-control method — and there is hormone-free option available. Some IUD types are effective for up to 12 years. The latest issue of Teen Vogue breaks down the stats, facts, and figures you need to know before you think about switching. Head to Teen Vogue to read more about how effective and safe IUDs can be. And, let us know in the comments if you would consider swapping out your tried-and-true pill for an IUD. (Teen Vogue)