Carolyn L. Westhoff, MD, is associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and associate professor of public health (epidemiology) at Columbia University in New York City. She is also medical director of family planning at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.
CURRENT ASSESSMENT OF THE USE OF INTRAUTERINE DEVICES
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1996 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 218–223, May-June 1996
How to Cite
Westhoff, C. L. (1996), CURRENT ASSESSMENT OF THE USE OF INTRAUTERINE DEVICES. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 41: 218–223. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(96)00015-8
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
The need for effective, long-term contraception remains a significant issue. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) have evolved to the point where currently available devices are comparable, in safety and efficacy, to oral contraceptives. Due to concerns regarding previous devices, available IUDs remain largely underused by midwives and all other providers of reproductive health care. Recent medical data refute many of the medical-legal misconceptions. Currently available IUDs are safe and effective and represent a suitable contraceptive alternative for the appropriate patient.