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Busting myths and calming fears: A doctor answers questions about the IUD

Ed. note: This piece was originally published on the Community site.

So you’ve heard about the IUD (intrauterine device). You’ve heard some of your friends say, “I love it! No pills, no periods, no fuss!” You’ve had other friends say “Ew… something foreign in my body? No way!” As an obstetrician/gynecologist, I hear a lot of truths, but also a lot of misconceptions about this birth control method. So what is the real deal with IUDs? 

Ed. note: This piece was originally published on the Community site.

So you’ve heard about the IUD (intrauterine device). You’ve heard some of your friends say, “I love it! No pills, no periods, no fuss!” You’ve ...

“No duh” study finds giving teens access to free IUDs cuts their unintended pregnancy rate by nearly 80 percent

I’d love to live in a country where we don’t need studies to tell us that giving people affordable access to effective contraception is a pretty excellent way to prevent unintended pregnancies. But alas. So today’s “no duh” study finds that giving teen girls access to long-acting birth control, like IUDs and implants, at no cost cuts their abortion and unintended pregnancy rates by more than 75 percent.

The study followed 1,404 sexually active teen girls in St. Louis. After receiving counseling about their different birth control options, they were able to select any method free of charge. Nearly three-fourths of them ended up choosing an IUD or implant. Nationwide, only about 5 percent of teens use these methods. ...

I’d love to live in a country where we don’t need studies to tell us that giving people affordable access to effective contraception is a pretty excellent way to prevent unintended pregnancies. But alas. So today’s ...

Chart of the Day: Birth control efficacy

So, a few disclaimers. Huff Po put together an infographic on women’s birth control use and misconceptions about various methods’ efficacy based on new data from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. There are some problems here. I don’t like that the focus is solely on women because not all people who can get pregnant are women and the partners of those who can should also shoulder the burden of navigating BC options. I’m also not wild about the “What Women Say” vs. “What Science Says” set-up (Silly Moon Goddess of the Earth vs. Facts), which obscures the project’s central critique: our education and health care systems fail to inform people of their best options.

Buuuuuuut. With all that being ...

So, a few disclaimers. Huff Po put together an infographic on women’s birth control use and misconceptions about various methods’ efficacy based on new data from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. There are some problems ...

Weekly Feminist Reader: Mother’s Day Edition

Happy Mother’s Day!

A Mother’s Day letter by Gloria Malone: “The problem with being a teen mom is that I don’t hate myself nearly as much as you wish I did.”

To celebrate Mother’s Day, give the gift of prison phone justice.

Mamas in the South continue the fight for reproductive justice.

Download a Mother’s Day mix from the CFC.

The Racialicious Crush of the Week is the Strong Families’ Mama’s Day Campaign.

Our mothers know they’re doing a great job.

A love note to black mothers.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac breaks down the history of Mother’s Day.

Birth mothers are too often forgotten, and too rarely

Happy Mother’s Day!

A Mother’s Day letter by Gloria Malone: “The problem with being a teen mom is that I don’t hate myself nearly as much as you wish I did.”

To celebrate Mother’s Day,