More Teens Want IUDs

November 17, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

More Teens Want IUDs

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TRAVERSE CITY – Abigail Nielsen wants to be a doctor. That means four years in an undergraduate program. Another four years of medical school. Tack on another three years of residency work and perhaps an additional couple of years for a specialty fellowship.


Nielsen, a Northwestern Michigan College freshman, has a long road ahead of her, and her long-term plan includes a long-acting reversible contraceptive – an intrauterine device.


She considers her IUD a five-year insurance policy against a pregnancy-related dropout, she said.


“Kids are great but they require a lot of time and money, and I can’t imagine raising one while in medical school,” Nielsen said. “I know I’m not ready for that yet.”

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