Why This Woman Live-Tweeted Her IUD Insertion

January 7, 2015 8:55 PM

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Dr. Amy Bryant, of the University of North Carolina, says she often sees patients whose mothers warn them against using IUDs -- again, because of the legacy of the faulty Dalkon Shield. "I sit patients down and tell them, 'Let's talk about what your mother told you, and what's true,'" she said. "It's true that there was one really bad one on the market [in the 1970s]. But ones today are incredibly safe." And doctors may be fueling the problem. A 2012 survey found that roughly 30 percent of OB-GYNs, family physicians, and nurses and physicians assistants working in family planning, believed IUDs were unsafe.

Because they're a long-acting, modern method, many women assume IUDs are another form of hormonal contraception, but that's not necessarily the case. There are two brands of hormonal IUDs available in the United States -- Mirena and Skyla, which release a small amount of the hormone progestin (a syn...

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