The women were perhaps looking for a reversible birth control that could last under Trump's presidency because throughout his campaign, Trump had promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"Our findings may reflect a response to fears of losing contraceptive coverage due to President Trump's opposition to the ACA or to a 2016 election association with reproductive intentions or a LARC awareness, "the researchers wrote in this new document.
With the increase in the number of LARC insertions observed, they wrote: "If our results were communicated to the estimated 33 million US women aged 18 to 45 in 2016 with employer-sponsored health insurance, this rate would correspond to about 700 additional insertions per day in connection with the 2016 election ".
The researchers looked closely at women aged 18 to 45 enrolled in business insurance during the 30 working days before and after November 8 in 2015 or 2016. Women were at least 12 months of age. continuous registration.
The researchers also used billing codes to calculate daily insertion rates for long-acting reversible contraception over the previous 30 working days, including on and after November 8, 2015 and 2016.
In 2015, researchers found that the average adjusted daily insertion rate of long-acting reversible contraception over the 30 days prior to November 8 was 12.9 per 100,000 women, compared with 13.7 per cent 000 over the next 30 days.
However, in 2016, the average daily rate during the 30 days preceding the November 8 presidential election was 13.4 per 100,000 women, compared to 16.3 per 100,000 women in the 30-day period – an increase of 21.6%, according to the newspaper.
The document had certain limitations, including the fact that it used data only on women with commercial insurance, so the results might not be generalized to women with public insurance. or no insurance. In addition, the study did not investigate whether the increase in the number of LARC insertions continued over a longer period of time or whether it had an impact on public health.
The researchers also noted conflicts of interest in the document, including the fact that some commented on the public, participated in a legal briefing or provided expert written testimony on draft regulations or legislation concerning reproductive health care.
"They are desperate to lose their access to health care," said Richards, but she did not report the exact number of women who called before and after polling day.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as IUDs, do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. Users still need a condom to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading an STI.
IUDs can be expensive in advance. Some insurances and Medicaid cover them completely or at low cost for users, but others do not. On the high end, an IUD can cost up to $ 1,300. This price includes the medical examination and a follow-up visit and, as they can last so long, the price will spread over time.