Betstadt noted that many more contraceptive options are available now than in the past. "All of these options are safer than pregnancy," he said, "especially if you have any medical conditions."
IUDs fell out of favor in the 1970s, because of safety concerns linked to one model called the Dalkon Shield, which was withdrawn from the market. The IUDs on the market today are much improved, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other organizations consider them safe for most women.
Learn more about available birth control options from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health.
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