Study Finds IUDs Can Lower Risk of Cervical Cancer

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Turns out your IUD is doing a lot more than preventing pregnancy.

According to Live Science, a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that the rate of cervical cancer was 1/3 lower in women who had IUDs implanted.

Although they still don’t know precisely why this pattern has occurred, they do have a few theories.

The author of the study Victoria Cortessis told LiveScience,

“When an IUD is inserted, it triggers an immune response in the body that could ‘kick out’ an HPV infection.”

So cool! Another theory has to do with the “long-term immune response.”

“The immune system reacts over time to the foreign body of the IUD, and this immune response could also target the HPV.”

This is one of the first studies of its kind so further studies will be needed in order to announce conclusive findings. But this study is looking extremely promising and we can’t wait to see what the researchers discover next.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the founder and editor of Femestella and The Feminist Health Source. She started Femestella in 2016 and soon realized the need for reliable and judgmental-free health articles. In 2022, she launched The Feminist Health Source as a sister site that hopes to help people of all genders, sexualities, body types, abilities, and more get the health information they need. When she's not busy working on Femestella and The Feminist Health Source, you can usually find her binge-watching the latest Netflix series and snuggling with her Tuxedo cat.