The IUD: Last But Not Least
Apropos of this post, Anne has two very good questions:
Q: Isn't the Pill the most popular method of birth control in the United States?
A: No. Female sterilization (tubal ligation, or "getting the tubes tied") is. This is the ranking for all the methods. To give you an idea, out of 60.2 million women age 15 - 44, about 64% use birth control; of the 64%, the percentage of women using a particular method is:
* spermicides, cervical cap, sponge, and other methods not shown separately
**list was compiled when Implants were still available in the U.S.
Q: Would the IUD be a good option to consider if it becomes more difficult to obtain birth control pills?
A: Unfortunately, no. The IUD is an outstanding method of birth control. For many women it's the ideal method. The problem is there are approximately 60 million women of reproductive age in the U.S. Over 10 million women use the Pill. Take away the Pill option from these millions of women and, for some, the IUD will be a very good substitute. For others, it won't. Not only that, but even for the women who'd be able to use, and would love using an IUD, as they go through life, their reproductive needs, and thus their birth control needs will change.
As good as any individual method of birth control is, it's never the best method for all women. This is why it is essential that women have access to all the available methods, throughout their reproductive lives.