IUDs (intrauterine devices) and implants are not only safe for nearly all women of reproductive age, but also the best forms of reversiblecontraception currently available, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced today in a Practice Bulletin published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The new recommendations offer guidance to specialist doctors (Ob-Gyns) in selecting suitable candidates for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), as well as managing medical issues related to their use.
Eve Espey, MD, MPH, co-author of the Practice Bulletin, said:
“LARC methods are the best tool we have to fight against unintended pregnancies, which currently account for 49% of US pregnancies each year. The major advantage is that after insertion, LARCs work without having to do anything else. There’s no maintenance required.”