Depo-Provera is more than a Method of Birth Control—It’s a Means of Controlling Women

As a women’s health advocate, educator, and activist, I have followed the evolution of birth control over the last 35 years. I have witnessed a particularly troubling change as women have gone from being “in control” of early birth control methods like the pill, condom, and diaphragm, to newer methods (particularly in the class of long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs)…

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IUD Risks: When IUDs become embedded, surgical removal might be necessary

Among the most severe potential complications of an IUD are the risks of perforation, infection, and/or expulsion of the device. While these complications are purported to be rare, stories in popular media and articles in medical journals highlight that such risks with an IUD do exist. For the women who encounter those complications, the experience can be both devastating and blindsiding.   In a recent article from the journal Images…

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Do IUD’s Really Liberate Women?

Spears’s gut-wrenching testimony starkly illustrates that when women cede control of their bodies to devices like IUDs, it paves the way for an alarming loss of bodily autonomy — all the more horrific for women who were forced to have the device implanted in the first place,

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Is my IUD misplaced?

Some women who have had intrauterine devices (IUDs) inserted, whether a hormonal IUD or a copper IUD, experience symptoms such as painful cramps, painful sex, pain in their abdomen or cervix, or unusual bleeding between periods. If you have any of these symptoms, you might be experience a misplaced or displaced IUD. According to Healthline, signs and symptoms of a…

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Study: Women Seeking IUD Removal Face Roadblocks to Care

In a study published in February 2020 in the international reproductive health journal Contraception, researchers found that many women seeking to have their intrauterine device (IUD) removed often face delays and roadblocks from their healthcare providers. The study, led by Jennifer Amico of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, employed a mystery caller process to contact 229 clinics across ten…

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The Power in Sharing Your IUD Story

“We cannot rely on doctors to be upfront with women about the risks of birth control. So, it’s up to us.” This has become something of a mantra for me over the past few years. Sure, I run into the occasional woman who hears me talking about the risks and accuses me of fear mongering. But for the most part,…

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Three Things You Don’t Often Hear About the IUD

When you are considering any type of birth control, you want to have all the information necessary to make an informed decision. Unfortunately, when it comes to the intrauterine device (IUD), there is a lot of conflicting information. Some women say they are nervous because they’ve heard other women’s “horror stories,” and some providers downplay those accounts because they don’t…

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