Expanding access to intrauterine contraception

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Nov;201(5):456.e1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2009.04.027. Epub 2009 Jun 13.


The intrauterine device is a safe, highly effective, long-lasting, yet reversible method of contraception. Expanding access to intrauterine contraception is an important measure to reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy in the United States. Clinicians should consider intrauterine contraception in appropriate candidates, including women who are nulliparous, adolescent, immediately postpartum or postabortal, and desiring emergency contraception, and as an alternative to permanent sterilization. Barriers to intrauterine contraception such as requiring cervical cancer screening before insertion, routine testing for gonorrhea and chlamydial infection in low-risk women, or scheduling insertion only during menses are unnecessary.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility* / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Intrauterine Devices / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult