Unplanned Pregnancies 20 Times more Likely on Birth Control

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Recently, a study has been produced that indicates that it is 20 times more likely for an unplanned pregnancy to occur if a woman is taking birth control. This study focused on the different types of birth control options that are offered and found that an IUD was the best method and that women who relied on other methods of birth control were more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy.

This can be an alarming statistic for women who are looking to avoid an unwanted pregnancy, especially for those who are under the age of 21. Women who fall into this age range were found to be twice as likely to have an unplanned pregnancy while on birth control. Since this is the most popular way to make certain that a young girl does not become pregnant, this can be very alarming to parents.

1. Importance of the Study

This study can be very important because it is beginning to show the difference in the different types of birth control methods that are available to women. It has helped to determine that an IUD is far more successful than traditional birth control methods.

an-IUD-is-far-more-successful-than-traditional-birth-control-methodsAn IUD is a device that is implanted by a doctor so that a woman is not able to become pregnant for several years after implantation. The device will then need to be removed after a certain amount of time and replaced if the woman will be continuing to avoid pregnancy. Knowing the success rate of an IUD over the other forms of birth control options can be very beneficial to many women.

2. Why are they more successful?

One of the main reasons that an IUD is more successful than other forms of birth control is the fact that you do not have to remembering to take them. Birth control pills, rings and patches must be maintenance regularly, some on a daily basis. Because of this, it is easy for a woman to forget to take them for a day and this will put her at a chance of becoming pregnant.

IUD-is-more-successful-because-you-do-not-have-to-remember-to-take-themThere is also a chance that women will not have continued access to birth control pills or patches because they will need to be refilled through a pharmacy. Because some women are not in a financial setting where they can continue to purchase medication, continuing to take them could be a challenge.

3. How popular are they?

Statistics show that 99% of women who had intercourse during the years of 2006 through 2008 used a birth control item of some sort at one time or another. During this time, the birth control pill was the most popular choice. It is estimated that nearly 11 million women relied on the pill during this time frame.

the-birth-control-pill-is-not-always-the-best-method-because-it-must-be-taken-every-dayEven though they are preferred by most women, the birth control pill is not always the best method because it must be taken every day. Women tend to forget to take them on occasion or struggle with remember if they have taken one for the day or not. It is also hard to remember to have the prescriptions refilled on a regular basis.

4. Pros and Cons of an IUD

One of the main benefits of an IUD is the fact that they are inserted by the doctor and then there are no maintenance issues for the next 3 to 10 years. They work in a couple of different ways and are effective for a variety of lengths of time depending on the specific one that is chosen. Some work to keep sperm from fertilizing the egg and others help prevent the egg from being released at all.

benefits-of-an-IUD-is-that-if-they-are-inserted-by-the-doctor-there-are-no-maintenance-issues-for-the-next-3-to-10-yearsThere are some downsides to them as well, however. For example, they are very expensive and are most likely not covered by your insurance. Also, if you decide that you are ready to become pregnant, it may take some additional time for your body to return to normal after having one implanted.

5. Conclusion

An IUD is something that you will need to discuss with your doctor in order to determine if it’s the right option for you. If you are considering becoming pregnant in the next few years, it will also be a good idea to discuss this with your doctor as well, so that you will know how long you will need to wait in order to become pregnant after it is removed.

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Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.