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Same-Day IUD Insertion May Promote Contraception

Intrauterine device insertion can be performed for walk-ins who seek pregnancy testing

THURSDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Offering women who seek walk-in pregnancy testing or emergency contraception same-day insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD) may be an effective strategy for promoting contraception, according to a report published in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues conducted a study of 412 women and adolescent girls who went to one of four family planning clinics for emergency contraception or a pregnancy test, of whom 85 percent completed a 41-item questionnaire to assess their knowledge of and attitudes towards IUDs.

Same-day IUD insertion was of interest to 12 percent of respondents and 22 percent requested more information about this form of contraception, the survey revealed. Women with a higher education level, barriers to use of contraception and previous unwanted pregnancies were more likely to be interested in same-day insertion of an IUD, the researchers found.

"Because many participants who knew little about IUDs stated that they might be interested in using an IUD, it is imperative that we develop ways to provide women seeking both emergency contraception and pregnancy testing with information about IUDs," the authors conclude. "Further study of same-day insertion of IUDs is warranted to determine whether this is a safe and effective way to increase use of highly effective contraception in the United States."

One study author has been a consultant for Schering-Plough.

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