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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

  • 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.

  • Better Contraceptive Knowledge Can Aid in Safe Use of Acne Drug: Study

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects. Isotretinion was originally sold under the brand name Accutane. That particular brand has been discontinued, according to the U.S. Food [...]

  • Modern Birth Control Methods Could Avoid 15 Million Unwanted Pregnancies: Report

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If more women had access to modern birth control methods and used them correctly, there would be 15 million fewer unwanted pregnancies in low- and middle-income nations each year, a new study suggests. For women in these countries, unwanted pregnancies can have serious consequences, including death, disease, disability [...]

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