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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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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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