Katherine Morgan, MS, WHNP, is currently Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Nurse-Midwifery and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She practices at Birth Care Health Care and at Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.
The Intrauterine Device: Rethinking Old Paradigms
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
2006 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 51, Issue 6, pages 464–470, November-December 2006
How to Cite
Morgan, K. W. (2006), The Intrauterine Device: Rethinking Old Paradigms. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 51: 464–470. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2006.06.008
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
- contraceptive devices: intrauterine;
- contraceptive devices: medicated;
- contraceptive devices: unmedicated
The United States continues to have one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancy and elective abortion in developed countries. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) available today offer women safe and highly effective contraception along with noncontraceptive benefits, yet IUDs remain underutilized in part because of outdated and biased information about the risks associated with this method of fertility control. New research demonstrates that IUD use does not increase the risk of pelvic infections or subsequent infertility. IUD use decreases the absolute risk of ectopic pregnancies. In light of this data, the IUD should be made available to women at low-risk for sexually-transmitted infections and should not be denied to women on the basis of parity or marital status.