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The Importance of Contraception on Unintended Pregnancies

10/09/2012

On October 5, 2012  Medscape Medical News posted a study revealing  free contraception slashes abortion rates.

When adolescent and adult women were offered no-cost contraception for 3 years, abortion rates fell 62% to 78% below national levels, according to a prospective cohort study of 9256 adolescent and adult women desiring reversible contraception. Teen birth rates also fell far below national rates.

Jeffrey F. Peipert, MD, PhD, the Robert J. Terry professor of obstetrics and gynecology, vice chair of clinical research, and obstetrics/gynecology residency program director at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and his colleagues reported their findings online October 4 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology 

This study is important because almost half (49%) of pregnancies in the United States from 2006 to 2008 were unintended, with a cost to taxpayers of about $11 billion annually for 1 million unintended births, the authors write in the journal.

Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods (IUDs and implantable contraception) are more effective than other methods, but they also are more expensive initially, and many women cannot afford them. If you would like to read the specifics of this study click here.

Are you a physician or nurse practitioner who would like to learn more about contraceptives?  For more than 20 years, the Contraceptive Technology: Quest for Excellence conference has been the "go-to" meeting for the most current, evidence-based information on contraception management. The 2012 program will be offering a Clinical Training Program for NEXPLANON® (etonogestrel implant) November 1st, 1:30pm - 4:30pm (50 trainees per session). To view a complete listing of sessions and program details, visit the Contraceptive Technology: Quest for Excellence online brochure.

 

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