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Mar 20

A History: The IUD

This post was written by Megan Corbett, RN, in January 2013 and updated by Brandy Bautista in March 2024. Today, many intrauterine devices (IUDs), a form of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), are small, T-shaped plastic rods with two arms and a string. They are inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The history of the…

Oct 30

Notes from the Field: Dr. Mollie Jacobs

Dr. Jacobs is a family physician practicing in Colorado. Dr. Jacobs co-leads the Reproductive Health Access Project’s Colorado Cluster. “Back-to-school” Every year at this time, I see scores of young female patients on their way to college after summer vacation. As a mother of two young girls myself who I love more than the air…

May 04


Despite compelling evidence about the safety and efficacy of the IUD and the contraceptive implant, there are many barriers to increasing access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). These barriers include commonly held myths about the methods, up-front costs of purchasing the methods, and a shortage of primary care providers competently trained to insert and remove LARC.…

Feb 26

2013 Survey of family medicine residents trained in abortion

Every spring since 2007, the Reproductive Health Access Project has surveyed graduating 3rd year family medicine residents who have received abortion training.  The survey helps us connect with and support newly trained family physicians and build our Family Medicine Reproductive Health Network.   Network members receive technical assistance from us to integrate reproductive health into their…