Providers Preferred Option

Pills may seem like the most preferred method when it comes to birth control, but it doesn’t top the list in the eyes of actual providers. Studies have found that the IUD is the most popular form of birth control among family planning providers.

Researchers surveyed 551 family planning providers between the ages of 19-44 for this recent study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Their results were compared against the National Survey of Family Growth to see how their birth control choices stacked up to the general population.

Among the 335 healthcare providers who reported being on birth control, 40 percent were using IUDs, yet only 6.3 percent of the women in the general population reported using a long-acting reversible contraception like the IUD or the Implant

The reason providers are forgoing pills is because the IUD is more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy compared to the pills, making it the most effective reversible method of birth control. The IUD, which has to be inserted, by a trained provider or gynecologist makes it the least method to be

messed with, unlike the pill that requires discipline and a reminder to be taken orally.

Plus, a new study found that it’s totally safe for women of all ages—even teens or women who haven’t had children. Contrary to the misconception that started in the 1970s and 1980s, the IUD does not raise your risk of pelvic inflammatory disease.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first study to find that doctors seriously favor this contraception. An earlier study back in 2006 found that 18 percent of gynecologists use it. And it’s no surprise those numbers have increased as the IUD has gained in popularity and the Affordable Care Act has made it just as affordable as the Pill.


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