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Fastest-Growing Birth Control Method Isn't the Pill

11.6% of women on birth control use IUDs or implants

(Newser) - More women across the country are following the lead of those in Colorado in using long-acting birth control methods rather than the pill. Though 6% of women on birth control used intrauterine devices and implants from 2006 to 2010, that figure almost doubled to 11.6% from 2011 to 2013,... More »

Why Teen Pregnancy Is Plummeting in Colorado

Study offering free IUDs, implants shows dramatic results

(Newser) - Science continues to back up an American Academy of Pediatrics policy change recommending teenage girls use long-acting birth control methods rather than the pill. Over six years, Colorado offered women free IUDs and implants as part of "one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control,"... More »

Teen Contraception Study Has 'Startling' Results

72% opted for IUDs, implants; pregnancy and abortion rates plummeted

(Newser) - A new American Academy of Pediatrics policy backing long-acting contraceptives is getting a boost from a new study on their efficacy in teens. Though less than 5% of teenagers use IUDs or hormonal implants, 72% of 1,404 female participants—aged 14 to 19, including some who previously had unintended... More »

There's Better Birth Control for Teens Than the Pill

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends IUDs, implants

(Newser) - The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its policy on birth control, and the pill clocks in at a distant fourth in terms of recommended methods for teen girls. The new guidance advises that teens use long-acting methods like IUDs or hormonal implants, which are almost 100% effective and do... More »

Women Overrate the Pill, Condoms

Many don't realize they're usually not as effective as IUDs, implants: study

(Newser) - Women tend to think that birth control pills and condoms are more effective than they actually are, say the authors of a new study. What's more, when women learn about the full range of options of available, they're far more likely to choose an IUD or a contraceptive... More »

As Economy Tanks, Women Flock to Clinics

(Newser) - In this tough economy, requests for long-term contraceptives and abortions have spiked at family planning clinics, reports the Los Angeles Times. Planned Parenthood of LA County has seen its caseload jump 15% in just a year, and requests for IUDs nearly doubled in the first quarter compared to a year... More »

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