Today, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is asking us to take a moment and thank birth control for “all that it makes possible for individuals and society.” I took more than 5,000 birth control pills in my life, and I can think of a number of reasons why I’m thankful to each and every one of them.
Intrauterine devices were popular until the ’70s, when one model caused infertility and even death in some women. Though the new generation of IUDs are safe and effective, it has been a slow climb back to their previous rates of acceptance.
Several developments could help make this the year of the intrauterine device: the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit, a new tool that could make insertion easier and less painful, a possible generic IUD arriving on the market, and more.
A new contraceptive intrauterine system (IUS), Skyla, will be added to the array of options a woman can choose from to prevent pregnancy.
Once a very unpopular method of contraception, the IUD is making a comeback as an increasing number of women adopt this method of contraception. A new study suggests that this is due to product improvements, increased access, and a better reputation, among other factors.
The Copper IUD as a form of emergency contraception? Researchers say it’s almost 100% effective at preventing pregnancy if inserted five days after unprotected sex. But, honestly, is it feasible for most women to run to their doctor and have an IUD inserted “asap”?!
Doctors and nurses are confused about IUDs, and they send confusing messages to us.