Working with IUDs is easier than many GPs think

... But training is essential, writes sexual health physician, Dr Terri Foran

INTRAUTERINE devices (IUDs) are a convenient, easily maintained and effective long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) suitable for women of all ages. GPs are well-placed to increase IUD usage in Australia, where it is estimated uptake is less than 5%, compared with 16% in Sweden and more than 25% in Denmark.

Lingering misinformation, combined with a lack of hands-on experience with these devices remains a barrier to their use, but is easily overcome with

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