A new study known as Post-Aspiration IUD Randomization (PAIR), involved 575. Results have indicated that instead of waiting 2 to 6 weeks after an abortion before implanting an intrauterine device (IUD) as has been traditional practice in the past, it is now safe to implant the device in the womb immediately after an abortion.
There is a risk that immediate insertion can cause the device to fall out after 6 months, but chances are very slight. Researchers discovered that 5% of the 258 women who received an immediate insertion expelled their devices and most of them occurred within the first two months after insertion.
According to the research team, which was led by Dr. Paula Bednarek of the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, the benefits of immediate insertion could involve the prevention of more than 70,000 unwanted pregnancies annually. The results of the study were noted in the June 9 New England Journal of Medicine.
Despite the results of the study, for many low-income women, federal funds cannot be utilized for abortion services, and this deters clinics from dispensing any kind of contraceptive on the same day and in the same facility where an abortion is performed.
The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation sponsored the study, which eliminated the need for federal restrictions. The results are beneficial to both society and the individual because the IUD, which is currently greatly under used, is convenient and less painful than other birth control measures.
Giving women more options about birth control augments their abilities to make viable choices for their own bodies, which is an inalienable right for everyone who lives under the sun.