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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

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

Birth Control News

  • Kids More Likely to Listen to Safe Sex Advice If Mom Gives ‘The Talk’

    Teens whose parents talk with them about sex are more likely to wait to have sex and to use birth control and condoms when they do, a new study finds.

  • Giving Birth, Breast-feeding May Help Women’s Long-Term Health

    FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Having babies and breast-feeding may extend a woman’s life, new research suggests. Other beneficial factors appear to include starting menstruation at a later age and using birth control pills. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 323,000 women in 10 European countries who were followed for an average of about 13 years. [...]

  • Many Women With Essure Birth Control Implant Need Reoperation, Study Finds

    New research raises concerns about Essure, an implanted long-term birth control device that’s already the focus of controversy.

  • Could Injection Be Used Someday to Spay or Neuter Pets?

    MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A single injection might control fertility in pets and other animals, a new study suggests. California Institute of Technology researchers working with mice said they’ve taken a first step in developing an inexpensive alternative to spaying or neutering dogs and cats. One injection was enough to halt egg and [...]

  • Mouse Study Hints at New ‘Male Contraceptive’

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A discovery in mice could pave the way to a reversible, non-hormonal form of birth control for men, researchers report. The findings, published online Oct. 1 in the journal Science, add to efforts to develop the elusive “male pill” — that is, a reliable but temporary [...]

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