Young women don’t know about the IUD as emergency contraception
New research from the Bixby Center and Planned Parenthood shows that very few young women had heard of using the IUD as a form of emergency contraception. Most of them reported that they would be interested in knowing about the option to use an IUD as EC in addition to hearing about EC pills, especially those who said they would be very unhappy if they became pregnant in the next year.
The study highlighted the importance of the healthcare provider’s role. Most young women reported that a doctor or nurse is their most trusted source of information on emergency contraception. However, discussion of this option isn’t widespread, with research showing that only 16% of ob/gyns nationally reported ever providing an IUD for emergency contraception.
The provider visit is an important time to offer counseling on the full range of contraceptive options. Providers should be well versed in the range of EC methods and their advantages, and provide that information while focusing on the patient’s priorities.