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Education on intrauterine contraception 'needs to improve'

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Misconceptions about intrauterine contraception remain common and must be addressed, according to researchers who conducted a survey in the US.

Researchers at Washington University, St Louis, urged better education on issues regarding the contraception method after finding that almost two-thirds (61%) of women underestimate its effectiveness.

The survey also revealed that although 78% of women at a reproductive age are aware of intrauterine contraception, only just over a quarter (28%) had discussed using it with their doctor.

However, its use was more than 13 times higher among those women who had inquired about the birth control method. Those who used it were also much more likely to be able to correctly assess its effectiveness, the researchers found.

Tessa Madden, one of the authors of the report, which also found that at least 40% of women were uncertain about who was an appropriate candidate for intrauterine contraception, added: “Our findings reveal need for improvement in knowledge for all women, regardless of contraceptive history.

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