Doctors Report More Women Asking About IUDs After Election
Online calls for women to get IUDs went viral after the election.
By GILLIAN MOHNEY
November 15, 2016, 8:27 PM
• 6 min read
-- Some doctors in the U.S. are reporting more women asking their physicians about long-lasting birth control devices following concerns about free access to contraception if Trump takes office and ends the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
"We have seen a clear-cut increase in discussion through electronic medical records [and] discussions with patient at gynecologist visits," Dr. Adam Jacobs, division director of family planning in the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told ABC News.
He said patients have increasingly voiced their concerns about access to birth control and inquired about IUDs since the election.
On social media, many people have encouraged women to secure birth control before Trump enters office. They have expressed concern that Trump and the Republican-held houses of Congress will repeal the ACA, which requires participating insurers in the healthcare marketplace to cover contraception without any co-payment or coinsurance.
The trending discussions on birth control access have promoted long-lasting methods, especially intrauterine devices, or IUDs. Google searches for IUD spiked exponentially in the hours after Trump was elected, according to Google Trends.