Women across the country are rushing to get IUDs. Or at least, they’re tweeting about rushing to get long-term birth control, according to a surge of messages on social media.
They’re concerned that the Trump administration might end Obamacare provisions that require insurers to cover intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other contraception, and cut funding for abortion and reproductive health overall. So women are looking for long-term solutions like IUDs: ones that will outlast a presidency. But they may have a bit more time than they think.
They’re not just talking about it on social media; they’re looking for more information, too. Google Trends showed a massive peak in searches for “IUD” “birth control” and “Planned Parenthood” on Wednesday.
i want to get an IUD since trump is more than likely going to take away the affordable care act and restrict abortion access
— #NotMyPresident (@bruisedtulips) November 10, 2016
The online conversations have left a lot of women wondering how much longer their birth control will be available without copays, as is required under the Affordable Care Act. The short answer is that while memes say women should get their IUDs before Inauguration Day, things might not be quite so urgent. The wheels of government take time to turn, so no one will lose their coverage on Day 1 of the Trump administration.
But women are already acting.
“I booked an appointment with my gynecologist the instant North Carolina went red,” Kate McPhillips, a young professional in Boston, posted to her Facebook page Wednesday morning. She’s considering the switch to a copper IUD, the type that lasts for 10 to 12 years, “just in case the unimaginable happens.”
Dr. Anne Davis, consulting medical director for Physicians for Tagged: obamacare news
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