Dana Farrington writes that the IUD is being overlooked as a safe, effective contraceptive method in the US.
IUDs are more than 99 percent effective. The World Health Organization reportsthey are “the most widely used reversible contraceptive method globally.” But few women in the U.S. use them; the percentage is only in the single digits, in part because IUDs have a checkered past. The Dalkon Shield IUD, marketed nationwide beginning in 1971, was found to raise the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease. Medical complications and deaths sparked lawsuits with thousands of claimants.