Anu Gomez presents at YTH Live 2013

Anu Gomez presents at YTH Live 2013

Dr. Anu Gomez at YTH Live 2013

Dr. Anu Manchikanti Gomez, Research Assistant Sara Finlayson, and former interns Jennifer Clark and Cameron Hartofelis presented their research on young women’s knowledge of, attitudes toward, and interest in intrauterine devices at the YTH Live 2013 conference in San Francisco, April 7-9, 2013. Learn more about the Reframing the IUD Initiative and check out her poster, What [Young] Women Want: A National Survey of Intrauterine Device Knowledge, Attitudes and Interest..

Abstract

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are increasingly seen as the solution to the dilemma of unintended pregnancy in the US. Using national data, we describe young women’s knowledge of, attitudes toward, and interest in IUDs. Our data reveal that even among women with high knowledge of IUDs, there was low interest in using this method. Young women were satisfied with their current contraceptive methods and viewed the IUD as better used later (e.g., after they have had children, when they are in a monogamous relationship). Current discourse around the IUD assumes that young women do not use the IUD because of cost, lack of knowledge, and provider skills/attitudes. These data indicate additional reasons and the need to consider young women’s voices in IUD promotion efforts. Future programmatic approaches should use a reproductive justice lens to understand the reasons young women are and are not interested in this method.