IUDs Rise in Popularity; PPINK Providing More

What form of birth control is more than 99 percent effective, works for up to 12 years, is totally reversible and available in both hormonal and non-hormonal versions? That would be the intra-uterine device, or IUD.

A recent TIME magazine feature detailed the history and popularity of IUDs in the United States, noting that only nine percent of American women of childbearing age use them. According to TIME, that figure is much higher in other countries, such as Norway (27 percent) and China (41 percent).

One historical barrier to access to IUDs has been cost—IUDs can range from $500 to $1,200 up front. However, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, some IUDs are now covered as essential benefits, meaning these devices could be available at little to no cost. Contact your health insurance provider to find out if these are available to you.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky offers two types of IUDs—Mirena and Paraguard. Mirena is a hormonal IUD that lasts for five years. Paraguard is a non-hormonal, copper IUD that lasts up to 12 years.

The trained, highly skilled clinicians at PPINK are experienced in IUD placement and removal, and can also help you decide what kind of contraception is right for you. Last year, 1,600 patients came to PPINK for IUDs. That number has been rising as more people, especially teens who don’t want children for several years and older women choosing IUDs over non-reversible sterilization, decide IUDs are right for them.

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