Some doctors are still reluctant to prescribe intrauterine devices, but they are perfectly safe for teens, according to one of the largest studies to date that looks at IUD safety among adolescents and older women. “Today's IUDs are not the same as the ones that existed decades ago and are undeserving of the outdated stigma they carry,” said lead researcher Dr. Abbey Berenson, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health at UTMB. In a study published Monday in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Berenson and her colleagues examined health insurance claims from more than 90,000 women, ages 15 to 44, who had an IUD inserted between 2002 and 2009. The news is receiving widespread attention, appearing on such outlets as Yahoo! News,, the Philadelphia Inquirer and U.S. News & World Report.