There are numerous contraceptive methods on the market for women, the most commonly known one being the pill, but there are many more available that may be better suited to an individual’s lifestyle and stage of life.
New research from an international study published online in the Lancet Oncology, suggests that women who use an intra uterine device (IUD) have a lower risk of developing cervical cancer by almost half compared to women who have never used one.
The added benefits of using an IUD as an effective contraceptive device may be lost on many Australian women as there is a lack of awareness about the method.
Dr Marie, a not for profit sexual and reproductive healthcare provider, conducted a survey among Australian women aged between 18 and 50 who had experienced an unintended pregnancy and found very limited levels of contraceptive awareness.
Jill Michelson Director of Clinical Services for Dr Marie said “in our research, 31% of the women surveyed were unaware of the IUD as a contraceptive method; results were similar with other contraceptive methods, 34% unaware of contraceptive injections and 26% unaware of implants.”
“Dr Marie would like to see all Australian women increase their awareness of long-term contraceptive options, especially as some have health benefits beyond birth control, our Dr Marie survey also found that 43% of women who had an unplanned pregnancy were on the pill at the time”.
The IUD contraceptive has been available in Australia since the 1960s and can stay in place for 5 or 10 years depending on the type fitted and with the findings of the study, now might be a good time to discuss your methods of contraception with your G.P.
Dr Marie provides high- quality, non-judgmental, sexual and reproductive healthcare information. For more information and to find a Dr Marie clinic in your area go to www.drmarie.org.au