Intrauterine contraception

Natalie S. Whaley, Anne E. Burke

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Abstract

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are effective, reversible forms of contraception with high patient satisfaction and continuation. IUDs can be safely used by most women and should be considered the first-line method of contraception for all women. This descriptive review will discuss the clinical issues associated with IUDs - including management of side effects, noncontraceptive uses and insertion and removal. When the burdens of cost are removed, women are more likely to select and IUDs. Health policy changes that increase insurance coverage for contraception will improve access to IUDs. IUDs remain an underutilized form of contraception in USA and efforts to improve availability and access to long-acting reversible contraception methods is needed to optimize their use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-767
Number of pages9
JournalWomen's Health
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Mirena IUD
  • copper IUD
  • intrauterine device
  • long-acting reversible contraception
  • medical eligibility criteria
  • menorrhagia
  • noncontraceptive benefit
  • postabortion IUD insertion
  • postplacental IUD insertion
  • uterine perforation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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