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Across America, women are talking, and many of them are worried. The driving force behind this worry is the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under US President Donald Trump.

One of the key things the ACA does is pay for birth control. Over the last few years, there has been a considerable rise in use of the Intrauterine Device (IUD) as a birth control measure; a measure Obamacare has made sure insurers pay for.

"It is easily inserted, non-evasive and takes a few minutes. And so visa-versa when taking it out," Yvonne Vondarke, Director of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Health Care Center, told KOLO, an ABC affiliate. The IUD is particularly popular with women under 30.

On the campaign trail in Philadelphia, Trump had said: "When we win on November 8 and elect a Republican Congress, we will be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare."

So, when it became apparent that Trump was indeed going to replace Barack Obama in the Oval Office, social media went to work apprising women of the possible scenarios.

One galling scenario is that the IUD itself could be banned. "Some people believe that any form of disruption, in the uterus' ability to implant is a form of abortion, which it is not," Daela Gibson with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, told KOLO.

All about the stats

Virtually all sexually active women of reproductive age -- about 99 percent -- have used at least one contraceptive method in their lifetimes from 2006 to 2010, according to a 2013 National Health Statistics Report from the Department of Health and Human Services (PDF).

About seven percent of sexually active women use IUDs, according to a 2015 data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics (PDF).

Earlier in September, Trump stated that he was not in favour of requiring a prescription to buy birth control. It is a sentiment echoed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

However, growing concern that access will be thrown out under a Trump administration has changed the conversations that Dr Anne Davis, an OB/GYN in New York, has with her patients -- and the questions that they bring to her.

What is an IUD, and how is it used?

An IUD is a small T-shaped plastic device that is inserted in the uterus by a doctor to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The device can be easily removed by a doctor.

Three types of IUDs are available in the United States: ParaGard, Mirena and Skyla. Once in place, ParaGard IUDs are effective for 10 years or more; Mirena can last for at least five years and Skyla for three years.

Source: CNN

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