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Birth Control

There are more—and safer—birth control options than ever before. While any birth control method can fail (except abstinence), the risk of failure per year is less than 1% for many methods, as opposed to the 85% chance of pregnancy if you don’t use birth control.

Birth Control and Your Health Journey

Find the Birth Control Method That’s Right for You

From pills to IUDs and patches to rings, find the birth control choices that fit your lifestyle.

Birth Control News

  • The Birth Control Pill Might Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Oral contraceptives — also known as birth control pills — may ease pain and improve functioning in women with rheumatoid arthritis, a small German study suggests.

  • U.S. Teens Waiting Longer to Have Sex: CDC

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Less than half of U.S. teenagers aged 15 to 19 are having sex, a rate dramatically lower than it was a quarter-century ago, a new federal government report shows. Only 44 percent of girls and 47 percent of boys between the ages of 15 and [...]

  • Women Spend Far Less on Birth Control Because of ‘Obamacare’

    Out-of-pocket costs for prescription birth control have dropped significantly since the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare,” took effect in the United States, a new study finds.

  • Obese Teens Less Likely to Use Birth Control

    WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sexually active teenage girls who are obese are less likely to use birth control than teens who aren’t overweight, a new study reports. What’s more, those overweight teens who do use some form of contraception are less likely than their normal-weight peers to use it regularly, the researchers said. [...]

  • The Facts About Newer Birth Control Pills and Blood Clot Risk

    Newer forms of the birth control pill—brands such as Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen—are more likely to cause blood clots than older versions, a new study finds.

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