After it was announced early Wednesday morning that Republican candidate Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States, women across the nation began to wonder what would happen in terms of their reproductive health options.
Trump, along with running mate Mike Pence, have both made it clear in their campaign that they're anti-abortion and Pence even signed a bill that requires abortion providers to bury or cremate fetal tissue.
But abortion isn't the only form of healthcare the pair plan to repeal.
Under the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare, some brands of birth control and other preventative measures are offered without co-pays or deductibles from insurance companies, which many women currently rely on. But during his campaign, Trump said he would immediately revoke and replace Obamacare.
With this in mind, American women have taken to Twitter to urge each other to get IUDs, which can last up to 12 years, before the president-elect officially takes office.
Women, call your docs. Today. Take charge of your health before Jan. 20. Get an IUD, get mammograms, get ultrasounds, get Paps. Do it now.— Maura Brannigan (@maura_brannigan) November 9, 2016
Free birth control under insurance will probably be revoked by Trump. IUD's last 6-10 years, might be a more affordable option.— Yasmin Yonis (@YasminYonis) November 10, 2016
Psa for all women: If you get an IUD get a Paragard, which can last 10-12 years. It will out last Trumps presidency & you'll be covered!— honey pot (@teacupbambi) November 10, 2016
IUDs are small, T-shaped devices that are inserted into the uterus to prevent against pregnancy, and are said to be one of the most effective (and safest) types of birth control methods on the market, according to Planned Parenthood.
There are five different brands of the device, including ParaGard, Liletta, Mirena, Skyla, and Kyleena. ParaGard is said to last the longest, however, best options vary for each woman.
But while IUDs have reportedly become more popular over the years, it's still too soon to know if the election will push more women to take on this birth control method.
"It’s too early to tell if we’ll see an uptick in requests for IUDs as a result of the election," said Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley in a statement, as reported by The Huffington Post. "While we truly hope that birth control methods will be available, accessible, and affordable to all women under the Trump administration, we understand people’s real concerns about losing access to birth control, which is basic health care for women."
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