HealthDay - "IUDs Officially Recommended for Healthy Women, Teens" - Dr. Adam Jacobs

New York, NY
 – June 21, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

A female contraceptive device whose reported side effects kept it off the frontline of birth control for years has been formally endorsed for all healthy adult women and adolescents by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The endorsement represents a new chapter in the history of intrauterine devices (IUDs). The T-shaped pieces of plastic laced with copper or hormones to prevent pregnancy may raise the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, which can result in infertility. IUDs, once unpopular in the United States, are "safe" and "cost-effective," said Dr. Adam Jacobs, medical director of the family planning division at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "What you see now is a rethinking of the idea of how to prevent unintended pregnancy," said Dr. Jacobs, calling IUDs the "most cost-effective form" of birth control available. Learn More