The Rise of the UID

December 16, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

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The number of U.S. women opting for long-term reversible methods of birth control – a category of highly effective contraceptives that includes intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants – is steadily rising, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These methods are gaining ground among Americans despite political controversy stoked by religious conservatives, who assert they’re comparable to abortion.


For decades, the most common contraception method has been the birth control pill. About 16 percent of sexually active women opted for the pill between 2011 and 2013 , according to the CDC’s latest report. Long-acting birth control, meanwhile, has historically been one of the least popular methodseven though it’s actually the most effective reversible option.


But the CDC report suggests that may be slowly changing. When comparing the data from 2006-10 to the new numbers from 2011-13, the rate of women choosing IUDs and implants nearly doubled – jumping from 3.8 percent to 7.2 percent.

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