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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

  • No, Birth Control Pills Don’t Cause Birth Defects, Study Finds

    Becoming pregnant while taking birth control pills doesn’t seem to increase the risk of birth defects, a new study suggests.

  • The Pill, Hormone Therapy Safe for Women Taking Blood Thinners: Study

    TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women on blood thinners can also take contraceptives that contain estrogen, or hormone replacement therapy, without raising their risk for blood clots or uterine bleeding, a new Italian study finds. Currently, women diagnosed with blood clots may be advised to stop hormone therapy or use of the contraceptive [...]

  • Girls Given Risky Meds Don’t Get Contraceptive Advice

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research from a Midwestern hospital suggests a wide majority of teen girls and young women fail to get information about contraceptives when they take medications that could cause birth defects. At issue are so-called “teratogenic” medications, used for conditions ranging from acne to anxiety, that [...]

  • U.S. Abortion Rate Has Declined to New Record Low

    The U.S. abortion rate has declined by more than one-third over the past two decades to a record low, federal officials reported Friday.

  • Teens More Cautious About Sex When Parents Set Rules, Study Finds

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new analysis suggests that parents who set rules and keep tabs on their teenagers may have kids who are more cautious about sex. “Parents really matter, and they’re influential,” said report co-author Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, co-director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health at [...]

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