From Medical Pariah to Feminist Icon: The Story of the IUD

From Medical Pariah to Feminist Icon: The Story of the IUD

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From Medical Pariah to Feminist Icon: The Story of the IUD

Smithsonian Magazine featured Upstream in a online feature about the complicated history of the IUD.

Many physicians now back the IUD so much that it’s become something of a cause to champion. Kavanaugh points to an organization in Oakland, CA and a task force in New York City that promote IUD use and offer insertion training to medical professionals. IUD advertising has increased, and magazines like Cosmopolitan and Elle are running stories singing the praises of these tiny objects. Rates of IUD use have been growing across many demographic groups, says Kavanaugh, and the pace is especially rapid among young women. Now, a woman who becomes sexually active at 17 but doesn’t want a baby till she’s in her late 20s might be a good candidate for an IUD that lasts years.

Read the full article: Smithsonian Magazine: From Medical Pariah to Feminist Icon: The Story of the IUD