[LMB] OT: real world implants

Damien Sullivan phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu
Sat Sep 7 06:32:11 BST 2013

Seattle area advocacy series for "long acting reversible
contraceptives", aka IUD or implants.


'Long acting reversible contraceptives like IUDs and implants are known
as LARCs. They have 1/10 to 1/50th the failure rate of Pills, and they
are cheaper in the long run.  Both the Centers for Disease Control and
World Health Organization consider them the top tier of contraceptive

"In 2002, 26 percent of Norwegian contraceptive users relied on a long
acting method that they could simply fit and forget, the IUD. In the
United States, that rate was 2 percent."

Much of the difference in US teen pregnancy rates may simply be non-use
of effective contraception.

'As one doctor put it, "If you ask any OB what they use or what their
wives use, it?s an IUD."'

"The flaws in the Dalkon Shield were specific to its unique design, not
applicable to IUD?s in general, which are on average among the safest
and most effective reversible contraceptives available. But by the mid
1980?s, IUDs largely disappeared from the US market, and an entire
generation of American women who wanted modern contraception was forced
to depend on methods with more downside, including unwanted

A lot of doctors are still from the Dalkon era or right after and
ignorant of general IUD realities.

'the US Food and Drug Administration didn?t approve a modern hormonal
IUD in the US until 2000 -- 19 years after it went on the market in

'No one method works for everyone, but a woman today can choose among
three options?two kinds of IUD and an implant?that each has an annual
failure rate of less than 1 in 500'

So yeah.  Not quite the Betan implant yet, but pretty good.

Articles have a fair bit of US politics in them too, just so you're

-xx- Damien X-) 

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