SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Since the election, women have been rushing to see their doctors and get birth control.
The fear of not knowing if contraception will be covered covered by insurance in the future has led to a run on IUDs.READ MORE: Meier Scores Franchise-Record 5 Goals As Sharks Rout Kings, 6-2
It was a hallmark of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign — getting rid of the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare.
It’s a sentiment he doubled down on in a 60 minutes interview Sunday night with Leslie Stahl.
“It will be repealed and replaced. It’ll be great healthcare for much less money,” Trump said.
The concern for many women — can be summed up in a tweet that reads:
“PSA ladies: Please consider getting an IUD or stocking up on birth control before Trump is in office because your reproductive rights are not safe.”READ MORE: COVID: Lower Levels Of Viral RNA In Wastewater May Signal Turning Point In Surge
The tweet that sounded the alarm — has sent phones ringing off the hooks at healthcare providers.
Dr. Stephanie Long at One Medical Group said, “We’ve definitely seen an increase in demand.”
Dr. Philip Darney of UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health explains why.
“Remember that the Affordable Care Act included as one of its provisions, that preventive health care be made available, without a co-pay to all of the insurance plans the Affordable Care Act funds,” Dr. Darney said.
Under guidelines from the non-partisan National Academy for Medicine — preventative care included birth control.
“The only concern is that we should be making choices that are based on preference and medical decision-making and not out of fear. We want to make sure we meet the demand for all of our patients that want IUDs because they are a great form of birth control,” Dr. Long said.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Firefighters Battle Fire In Abandoned Home In San Jose
Doctors say the IUDs remain effective for between 3 and 12 years, depending on the model.