What's making these little pieces of copper (or plastic) so darn popular?! Let's talk about the IUD.

What's making these little pieces of copper (or plastic) so darn popular?!

You've probably heard about IUDs, but have you ever wondered how they get in there?


IUDs are in the shape of a T, but don't worry. Your doctor doesn't just, you know, shove that T right on in because ... ouch, that would hurt. It's actually placed in an application tube with the arms down, so it's a single straight piece when it's inserted. Once it's pushed through your vaginal canal and cervix, it arrives in your uterus, where it will live.


At that point, the arms come out of the tube and are extended into the T shape. Then the tube is removed, leaving behind the IUD with threads that hang about three inches below your cervix. Those are important because they allow your doctor to make sure the IUD is in the right position. And don't worry — you won't feel them.


More stuff you might want to know about IUDs.

An IUD — short for intrauterine device — is a form of birth control that is inserted into the uterus. There are two options:

  1. Non-hormonal IUD: A small amount of copper keeps the sperm from fertilizing the egg. This is great for women who can't use hormonal birth control.
  2. Hormonal IUD: A low dose of progestin prevents fertilization.

IUDs last from three to 10 years, depending on which you choose.

Fun IUD facts, 'cause IUDs are fun:

  • Planned Parenthood has seen a 91% increase in IUD use since 2009.
  • In a study of female gynecologists, it was determined that they prefer IUDs for themselves to other forms of birth control.
  • Fewer than 1 of every 100 women who use an IUD become pregnant each year. The figure is the same for women who take the pill at the exact same time every day. But if you're not entirely consistent with the timing, the risk of getting pregnant increases to 9 of every 100 women.
  • Warning!!! Remember, the IUD prevents pregnancy, but not sexually transmitted infections!

Remember, the most important thing is to choose the right birth control method for you, but more information never hurt anyone! So share this to educate.

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Disney has come under fire for problematic portrayals of non-white and non-western cultures in many of its older movies. They aren't the only one, of course, but since their movies are an iconic part of most American kids' childhoods, Disney's messaging holds a lot of power.

Fortunately, that power can be used for good, and Disney can serve as an example to other companies if they learn from their mistakes, account for their misdeeds, and do the right thing going forward. Without getting too many hopes up, it appears that the entertainment giant may have actually done just that with the new Frozen II film.

According to NOW Toronto, the producers of Frozen II have entered into a contract with the Sámi people—the Indigenous people of the Scandinavian regions—to ensure that they portray the culture with respect.

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Though there was not a direct portrayal of the Sámi in the first Frozen movie, the choral chant that opens the film was inspired by an ancient Sámi vocal tradition. In addition, the clothing worn by Kristoff closely resembled what a Sámi reindeer herder would wear. The inclusion of these elements of Sámi culture with no context or acknowledgement sparked conversations about cultural appropriation and erasure on social media.

Frozen II features Indigenous culture much more directly, and even addressed the issue of Indigenous erasure. Filmmakers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, along with producer Peter Del Vecho, consulted with experts on how to do that respectfully—the experts, of course, being the Sámi people themselves.

Sámi leaders met with Disney producer Peter Del Vecho in September 2019.Sámediggi Sametinget/Flickr

The Sámi parliaments of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and the non-governmental Saami Council reached out to the filmmakers when they found out their culture would be highlighted in the film. They formed a Sámi expert advisory group, called Verddet, to assist filmmakers in with how to accurately and respectfully portray Sámi culture, history, and society.

In a contract signed by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sámi leaders, the Sámi stated their position that "their collective and individual culture, including aesthetic elements, music, language, stories, histories, and other traditional cultural expressions are property that belong to the Sámi," and "that to adequately respect the rights that the Sámi have to and in their culture, it is necessary to ensure sensitivity, allow for free, prior, and informed consent, and ensure that adequate benefit sharing is employed."

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Disney agreed to work with the advisory group, to produce a version of Frozen II in one Sámi language, as well as to "pursue cross-learning opportunities" and "arrange for contributions back to the Sámi society."

Anne Lájla Utsi, managing director at the International Sámi Film Institute, was part of the Verddet advisory group. She told NOW, "This is a good example of how a big, international company like Disney acknowledges the fact that we own our own culture and stories. It hasn't happened before."

"Disney's team really wanted to make it right," said Utsi. "They didn't want to make any mistakes or hurt anybody. We felt that they took it seriously. And the film shows that. We in Verddet are truly proud of this collaboration."

Sounds like you've done well this time, Disney. Let's hope such cultural sensitivity and collaboration continues, and that other filmmakers and production companies will follow suit.

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