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

February 24, 2015

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

February 6, 2015

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

February 4, 2015

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

February 4, 2015

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 […]


Long-Term Use of The Pill Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer

January 22, 2015

The risk for developing a rare form of brain cancer known as glioma appears to go up with long-term use of hormonal contraceptives such as the Pill, new Danish research suggests.


Depo-Provera Linked to Higher HIV Risk, Researchers Find

January 9, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The injectable birth control Depo-Provera is associated with an increased risk of HIV infection in women, according to a review of research in Africa.
Women who receive the so-called “birth control shot” have about 40 percent higher odds of becoming infected with HIV, compared to women […]


The Pill Remains Most Common Method of Birth Control, U.S. Report Shows

December 11, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The pill remains one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, along with female sterilization and condoms, a new report shows.
Among the two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control between 2011 and 2013, approximately 16 percent used the […]


More Men Had Vasectomies as the U.S. Economy Worsened

October 20, 2014

During the recent “Great Recession,” worries about the cost of raising children in an uncertain job market may have spurred an uptick in vasectomies, a new study suggests.


Giving Teen Girls Free, Long-Acting Birth Control Lowers Pregnancy, Abortion Rates

October 2, 2014

Giving teenage girls free birth control — especially long-acting implanted devices — could slash pregnancy and abortion rates to well below the current U.S. average, new findings suggest.


IUDs, Implants Should Be First-Line Birth Control for Teen Girls: Pediatrics Group

September 29, 2014

Long-acting contraceptive devices should be the first choice of birth control for teenage girls, new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics state.




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