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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

  • 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.

  • Teen Use of Long-Term Contraception Rising, But Remains Low

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The use of long-acting, reversible forms of contraception remains low among sexually active teen girls, though that trend seems to be changing, according to a U.S. government report released Tuesday. Among teens aged 15 to 19, the use of long-acting reversible contraception rose from less than [...]

  • Use of Long-Acting Birth Control Rises Fivefold in a Decade: CDC

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The use of long-acting birth control methods such as IUDs or under-the-skin implants jumped fivefold between 2002 and 2011, according to a new U.S. government report. Among U.S. women aged 15 to 44, the use of these long-term but reversible contraceptives rose from 1.5 percent in [...]

  • Here’s How Much Longer IUDs, Contraceptive Implants Might Work to Prevent Pregnancy

    Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants appear to prevent pregnancy one year beyond their approved length of use, according to early results from an ongoing study.

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