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IUDs Gaining Popularity In U.S.

IUDs Gaining Popularity In U.S.

It doesn’t exactly look like a first option.

Have IUDs been getting a bad rap?

It looks like their popularity is finally growing here in the U.S. According to the journal Fertility & Sterility, more American women have begun using intrauterine devices in the last two years, making the total number of users double in that short time.

Since many say that “IUDs and contraceptive implants are the most effective forms of reversible birth control”, this looks to be good news when talking purely statistical.

According to the study, 8.5 percent of women in the U.S. used an IUD or implant in 2009. Back in 2007, the numbers were a little below 4 percent.

In contrast, nearly one quarter of women in France and Norway opt for IUDs and in China, the number reaches 41 percent.

So why are more U.S women finally jumping on the IUD bandwagon? While it’s definitely difficult to pinpoint, some researchers feel that because we are generally have children at later ages, we need more long term pregnancy prevention.

Reuters reports that “between 0.2 percent and 0.8 percent of women will have an unplanned pregnancy within a year. The rate is just 0.05 percent with a contraceptive implant.” Birth control pills condoms together still produce a nine percent pregnancy rate, while condoms alone carry a 18-21 percent rate of unplanned pregnancies.

Of course, another factor is medical because IUDs were once thought to cause pelvic infections and fertility issues, but now the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists endorses their use.

Has your opinion on IUDs changed? Do you think they are safe or birth control pills easier and more effective?

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