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Female Americans Are Now Getting IUD's After Donald Trump's Win

By Christie Abagon , Nov 11, 2016 02:12 AM EST
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Women in the U.S. are setting up appointments with their gynecologists and are planning to get IUDs, or intrauterine devices, a small t-shaped device inserted into the uterus, which is the most effective form of reversible contraception and can last from 3-10 years, depending on the variety.  That means, if you get one now, it can last until the entire Trump presidency. 

Trump's Pro-Life Campaign Versus Obamacare

Trump ran an anti-choice campaign and said he would not be funding Planned Parenthood while he's president.  He also said that he would take several steps to restrict abortions and funding to organizations that provide abortion services, and that he will be committed to promote pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Obama administration has been a strong advocate to women's reproductive choice.  Under Obamacare, women have access to 18 FDA-approved types of birth control at no out-of-pocket costs. Now that a Trump presidency is on its way, women are more likely to go to a doctor and ask for a presidential term's worth of birth control.

What Reproductive Choices Do Women Have?

Doctors say that women who are concerned about their reproductive rights can choose to get IUD's, simply because it has longer effects.  A copper IUD - Paragard - can last up to 10 years.  This type of contraceptive is toxic to sperm and makes the uterine wall slicker so that it would be difficult for an egg to implant. 

Planned Parenthood's Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley said: "It's too early to tell if we'll see an uptick in requests for IUDs as a result of the election. While we truly hope that birth control methods will be available, accessible, and affordable to all women under the Trump administration, we understand people's real concerns about losing access to birth control, which is basic health care for women."

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