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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

  • Irregular Periods May Be Risk Factor for Ovarian Cancer, Study Suggests

    Women with irregular menstrual cycles may have more than double the risk of ovarian cancer compared to women who have regular monthly periods, new research suggests.

  • Too Many Younger Teens Still Getting Pregnant: CDC

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Despite a drop in teen birth rates in recent years, too many girls under 18 are still getting pregnant, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. Even though births to teens aged 15 to 17 have declined, a quarter of teen births occur in this age group — [...]

  • Obesity, ‘The Pill’ May Raise MS Risk, Research Suggests

    Obesity and birth control pills may play some role in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), two new studies suggest.

  • U.S. Abortion Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since 1973

    The U.S. abortion rate in 2011 was the lowest it has been since 1973, and advances in contraception methods might be part of the reason why, a new report suggests.

  • Obama Administration Stands by Contraception Rule

    By Karen PallaritoHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The Obama administration on Friday contested U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s decision temporarily exempting an order of Catholic nuns from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. Under the health-reform law, most employer health plans are required to cover U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved birth [...]

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