The IUD shouldn't hurt your partner. You may have heard that the IUD strings can bother men while having sex, but most partners can't even feel the strings. If your partner can feel the strings, and that bothers him, your healthcare provider might be able to trim them. Plus, they usually soften over time.
The IUD is a little, t-shaped piece of plastic that gets put in your uterus to mess with the way sperm can move and prevent them from fertilizing an egg. Sounds odd, but it works like a charm. IUDs offer years of protection—between three and twelve, depending on the type you get. And if you want to get pregnant, you can have the IUD removed at any time. In the U.S. there are three types of IUDs: Mirena and ParaGard, which are already widely available, and a new IUD called Skyla. view all methods »