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Everything You Need To Know About The IUD Plenty of pregnancy-preventing people have been washing down daily birth control since the ’60s. But a 21st-century makeover of an older, easier method has recently been giving The Pill a run for its money. The IUD—also known as an Intrauterine Device—is an inch-long T-shaped gadget that is inserted into the uterus by a doctor, sans surgery, and can prevent pregnancy for years. That’s probably why the number of people using the device has quadrupled since 2002. In the States, there are two types of IUDs, copper and hormonal. Read More
If hormonal birth control doesn't sit well with you, you're not alone: Side effects include mood changes, weight gain, depression, and more severely, deep vein thombrosis or blood clots. Yes, methods like the pills or Nuvaring can be a great option for many, but if it's not for you—fear not! You have so many alternatives. Would the hormone-free birth controls please form an orderly line… Here we have the diaphragm!  The diaphragm is a shallow, dome-shaped cup inserted into your vagina to cover the cervix. Exciting! If you can put in a tampon, you can put in Ms. Diaphragm. Read More
Planned Parenthood’s Oregon Headquarters recently put up a collection of incredible IUD-shaped bike racks outside of their offices. The racks, which have been met with a very enthusiastic response, were implemented by Sarah Sockit Moseley, the Communications Director at Planned Parenthood. What a great way to show women of all ages that it’s totally normal and natural to take control of your reproductivity! Check out the bike racks and find out how they were made below. Read More
Another day, another senator who does not understand how birth control works, despite wanting to pass legislation banning certain kinds of birth control. Can we get these guys a pamphlet? This time it was Sen. Kevin Lundberg from Colorado, who serves as chair of the Health and Human Services committee. He has characterized IUDs as abortion causing drugs, even though health care experts have said that isn’t true. It just...is not true. In the Coloradoan, Lundberg speaks to his point by saying: “Protecting life is a very big issue. Read More
Rachel Maddow resorts to schooling the outdated beliefs men may have by reporting from a man-cave. This educational video is a battle between politics and science because Republican candidate Bob Beauprez is running for governor yet again in Colorado, and is convinced that IUDs cause continual abortions in a woman's body. This very misinformed statement will be involved in the ballot for Colorado tomorrow, Nov 4. It will be on the Personhood Amendment, which will make abortions, including IUDs, under this politicians definition, illegal. Read More
  Birth control is an extremely personal choice for each couple and for each woman. For some, an IUD feels risky, a condom less pleasurable, a daily pill impractical. Doctors are constantly on the lookout for breakthroughs that might allow for more convenient and safe contraception.    A recent push from both medical experts and the masses for “post-fertilization contraception” might provide a solution for some women. A “pregnancy-disrupting drug [designed to be taken once a month] already exists,” reports New York Magazine’s Kat Stoeffel. Read More
Are you considering updating your birth control method? If you have even once thought about the intrauterine device (IUD) but don’t have all the facts, look no further! We're here to help you with honest feedback about our experiences with IUDs. Two BUSTies have IUDs and we have a Pharmacist Tech on staff to answer common questions about the IUD. (You can read Shelby's review of Mirena here.)   ParaGard Fast Facts: There are a few misconceptions surrounding the IUD. Read More
  Are you considering updating your birth control method? If you have even once thought about the intrauterine device (IUD) but don’t have all the facts, look no further. We're here to help you with honest feedback about having an IUD. Two BUSTies have IUDs – I have the Mirena, and Kelly has the Paragard. We will be covering each in sordid detail to help you make the right choice. Read More