Just Like All Your Proselytizing Friends, Medical Experts Wonder Why You Haven't Gotten an IUD Yet

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Much like all of your friends who’ve gotten IUDs and now proselytize relentlessly, a committee repping the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is encouraging doctors across America to tell patients about their long-acting reversible contraceptive options.

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That’s according to the New York Times, which reports that, despite studies demonstrating the comparative effectiveness of IUDs and hormonal implants, they’re still relatively less popular:

Yet fewer than 10 percent of sexually active women currently rely on long-acting reversible contraception, and a major reason is doctors’ reluctance to recommend them. Only about half of obstetrician-gynecologists offer the implant, the committee said, and many physicians use “overly restrictive criteria” when deciding whether to recommend an IUD, especially for adolescents and women who have not yet been pregnant.

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In their recommendation, the docs specifically cited LARCs’ ability to reduce unplanned pregnancies among teens, and said that “almost all women are appropriate candidates” for at least one of the LARC options. And it’s totally just a little scrape, and if you need somebody to come hold your hand in the waiting room or drive you home afterward, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is so here for you.


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I am going through this decision right now. I know I am going to get an IUD, but I feel a little overwhelmed by the decision of whether to go Paragard (no hormones, but likely worse cramps and heavier periods) or the Mirena (hormones, albeit a small amount, lighter periods that may go away all together but could also cause unpredictable spotting). I’m not really against hormones per se, but I do have very intense reactions to BC pills so I’m wondering what my reaction to the Mirena would be. Anyone who has had either care to share your experiences so I can finally make this decision?!