IUDs are the most commonly used reversible contraceptive in the world. (Used extensively in
1. Since emergency contraceptive PILLS have almost ZERO global effect (that is the harsh reality), all women should be offered a copper T-IUD for emergency contraception.
2. Both IUDs may be used immediately following:
· An abortion
· Vaginal delivery
3. Levonorgestrel IUDs (Mirena) and copper T-380 A IUDs (ParaGard) remain effective for more years than they are formally approved for. The Mirena IUD is effective for 7 years – perhaps more. The ParaGard IUD is effective for 12 to 20 years.
4. The non-contraceptive benefits of Mirena exceed those of any hormonal contraceptive.
Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
8-11- 2014, 8-12-2014
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