Women’s Health Providers Prefer To Use IUDs For Their Own Birth Control

Trying to choose a method of birth control can make a woman feel as if she’s drowning in a sea of hormones, latex and copper. But a new study might offer some clarity. It turns out that when it comes to birth control, women’s health providers themselves prefer to use intrauterine devices, or IUDs.

The research, conducted in 2013 by Planned Parenthood and the Hospital of Cook County, Illinois, found that nearly 42 percent of female women’s health providers said they prefer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) for their own personal method of birth control. About 40 percent specifically chose IUDs, the T-shaped devices that are inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years. By comparison, the 2011–2013 National Survey of Family Growth found that only about 12 percent of women from the general population opted to use LARCs during that time.

The findings about women’s health providers, which appeared last week on the website of the journal Contraception, drew on surveys of 488 doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care workers. These women were significantly more likely to use IUDs or the vaginal ring than any other method — and —> Read More Here


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