Why is the most effective form of birth control—the IUD—also the one no one is using?

Up against bad PR and a lack of awareness, reproductive health groups are leading the charge to make the IUD a first line of defense against unplanned pregnancy. It won’t be easy.

Most women have been there: sitting in their gynecologist’s office, having yet another unsatisfying conversation about yet another unsatisfying form of birth control, wanting to try something new.

Take Marlice House. By the time she was 17, she’d already cycled, as many women do, through various versions of the Pill, but the hormones gave her headaches, or caused her to gain weight, or she would forget to take her pill and be plagued with anxiety...

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