Long-Term Birth Control More Effective than the Pill


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Long-Term Birth Control More Effective than the Pill

Women whoِ useِ long-acting methods ofِ birth control areِ less likelyِ to wind upِ pregnant thanِ women whoِ useِ shorter-term methods, whichِ require daily orِ monthly remembering, a newِ analysis says.
The results showed thatِ women usingِ birth control pills, skin patches orِ vaginal rings wereِ 20 times moreِ likelyِ to haveِ anِ unplanned pregnancy thanِ women whoِ usedِ intrauterine devices (IUDs) orِ implants placedِ under theِ skin ofِ the upper arm.
Jeffrey Peipert, a professor ofِ obstetrics andِ gynecology atِ the Washington University School ofِ Medicine, inِ St.

Unplanned pregnancies

In theِ newِ study, researchers tracked almost 7,500 women ages 14 toِ 45 considered atِ risk forِ anِ unplanned pregnancy.
All women wereِ givenِ the contraceptive ofِ their choice free ofِ charge, andِ they alsoِ received counseling aboutِ each method’s risks, benefits andِ effectiveness.
The highest failure rate wasِ seenِ inِ women usingِ birth control pills, patches orِ rings.

While a woman’s method of birth control mattered, her age also made a difference.

Researchers foundِ that women younger thanِ 21 whoِ relied onِ oral contraceptives, patches orِ rings hadِ almost twiceِ theِ rate ofِ unintended pregnancies asِ older women whoِ usedِ theِ sameِ contraceptives.
Less mental effort isِ needed forِ IUDs, whichِ canِ stay inِ the uterus forِ fiveِ to 10 years, depending onِ the type.
It’s estimated thatِ 5.5 percent ofِ U.S.

Making decisions

Lynn Goltra, anِ OB/GYN whoِ isِ director ofِ family planning atِ Massachusetts General Hospital inِ Boston.
It shows thatِ the failure rate isِ 20 times higher forِ labor-free birth control methods thanِ labor-intensive ones.
Goltra, whoِ wasِ notِ involved inِ the research, saidِ women under-utilize IUDs.