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The Unsettling Reason Women Are Tweeting About IUDs Today

November 9th 2016

By:
Lucy Tiven

President-elect Donald Trump's victory Tuesday spurred a surge of anxiety among people on social media about women's health care.

As the election results came in, droves of women wrote tweets which suggested others get Intrauterine Devices (IUDs), a long-term birth control method that can last up to twelve years.

It's no surprise that Trump's win prompted concerns about access to contraceptives.

The Trump campaign's proposed health care plan stated it would "reduce access to abortion, contraception and preventative care," the Guardian reports.

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Over the course of his campaign, Trump promised to defund Planned Parenthood and nominate pro-life U.S. Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence also has a profoundly troubling record on women's health issues. He's signed multiple extreme anti-abortion bills into law as the governor of Indiana.

However, the most immediate threat to birth control access may be the Trump campaign's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

In late October, Trump proposed a legislative plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act soon after taking office, NPR reports. Currently, the cost of birth control must be covered for those enrolled in Obamacare as long as they receive services from an in-network provider.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday that congressional Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act rapidly under a Trump presidency, Politico reports.

But a Trump presidency isn't the only reason to consider getting an IUD.

IUDs are safe, convenient, reversible and over 99 percent effective, according to Planned Parenthood.

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There are two types of IUDs: hormonal and copper. Hormonal IUDs, which depending on the brand will prevent pregnancy for up to six years, releases small amounts of the hormone progestin. It also helps to lighten periods and make menstrual cramps less severe, according to Planned Parenthood. The copper IUD doesn't release hormones — making it an attractive option for women who have experienced unpleasant side effects when taking hormonal birth control, and it also lasts for up to 12 years.

The high rates of long-term effectiveness and its reversibility has made this birth control method increasingly popular in recent years. 

[H/T The Cut]