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OB/GYNs report a surge in IUD requests due to Trump Terror

I asked several OB/GYNs today if they had seen an increase in requests for IUDs. The answer, “Oh my God, yes.” This confirms what I have also personally seen in the three short days since the election. Some women on the IUD fence just decided to go for it worried it night not be an … Continue reading

Do IUDs and contraceptive implants affect sexual satisfaction? New study

lots of studies are retrospective and many prospective studies unfortunately don’t address libido or sexual functioning formally with questionnaires, especially at baseline. There are also lots of confounders, for example a big one is starting or switching a new contraception is often associated with relationship changes. Could some women feel sexually coerced into giving up … Continue reading

Donald Trump unveils plan to make abortion illegal again

Donald Trump released a letter dated September 2016 via the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) detailing his first actions against reproductive rights (see below for the full letter). His first four goals are: Nominating pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. This may not end abortion in 2017, but this is a defacto invitation for … Continue reading

Don’t remove your own IUD. Here’s why.

Removing one’s own IUD is apparently “a thing.” There are even YouTube videos of women sharing their experiences. If you can get a medical degree from Google then why not get your OB/GYN residency from YouTube? All kidding aside, I’m a GYNO and I’m going to explain why you shouldn’t. It’s not that people can’t … Continue reading

Broadly publishes an absolutely junk piece on IUDs to scare women.

When IUDs go terribly wrong, screams the headline. It sounds like the lead in to a horror movie. The piece starts with a snippet of accurate information, noting that the use of IUDs are on the rise. This is a good thing. Studies tell us that IUDs have the highest satisfaction rate and are the … Continue reading

My GYNO says I can’t have an IUD. Is she right?

I hear this fairly often – women telling me they asked their GYN for an IUD (yeah!) and were told that they couldn’t because they had never had children. Their GYNs are wrong and unfortunately it’s not just a few who think this way. A study from last year tells us that 32% of OB/GYNs … Continue reading

Does the Mirena IUD increase the risk of breast cancer? New data

A new study has been published suggesting a link between breast cancer and the Mirena IUS (intrauterine system). The Mirena IUS is used commonly in many European countries and is increasing in use in the United States (with good reason, it is highly effective and has a very high satisfaction), so I think a review … Continue reading

An OB/GYN’s opinion on the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby, and contraception

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Hobby Lobby (and much of the religious right in the United States) and ruled that a closely held private corporation does not have to provide insurance coverage for certain birth control methods. Justice Alito, speaking for the majority wrote: “The owners of the businesses have religious objections … Continue reading

How does the Skyla IUD compare to the Mirena?

There is a new IUD on the market called Skyla. It is made by Bayer, the same manufacturers who brought us the Mirena. Like the Mirena it contains the hormone levonorgestrel, although there are a few differences. The main difference the company is touting is the smaller size. Clearly, they manufacturers are targeting nulliparous women … Continue reading

IUD mythbusting: no increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease

This week is LARC Awareness Week, which is devoted to raising the awareness about the safety and efficacy of long acting reversible contraception. LARC includes IUDs and the etonogestrel implant marketed under the name Implanon in the United States. Why promote LARC? Well… LARC is underused in the United States versus other countries The United … Continue reading

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