[Holy Hormones Honey! Study shows that women on the pill are 20 times more likely to get pregnant. Well, no surprise here... since human nature is involved. Aaah.... beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing and the fear and manipulation of women to get on a birth control method that drips synthetic hormones into their body day and night...like an IUD or an implant. This health educator smells danger and a push for women to be controlled by birth control.]
Birth Control: Long-Acting Reversible Options Beat Pill, Study Shows
Huff Post Healthy Living
by Catherine Pearson
The pill is the reversible option most commonly used by women who practice contraception, but it is not the most effective.
In a sweeping new study, women who used birth control pills, the patch or a vaginal ring were 20 times more likely to get pregnant than those using an intrauterine device or implant.
“The major finding is the magnitude of the difference between the most commonly used methods and these long-acting methods,” said study author Dr. Jeffrey Peipert, vice chair of clinical research in the Washington University in St. Louis’ Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
“We knew that pills have a failure rate, and we knew that the long-acting reversible contraception options were excellent,” he continued. “We just didn’t know the magnitude of the difference.”
In the new study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers provided nearly 7,500 women ages 14 to 45 with whatever contraception method they wanted at no cost. They compared rates of failure of long-acting reversible contraception, which includes IUDs (T-shaped devices inserted into a woman’s uterus that prevent sperm from joining an egg) and implants (a small rod inserted into a woman’s arm) with those of the birth control pill, patch and vaginal ring.
Overall, the long-acting options were superior to more short-term options, with failure rates of 4.55 per 100 participant-years versus 0.27 in women using IUD or implant.
And the research also revealed variations with age: Women under 21 who used the pill, patch or ring had almost twice the risk of unintended pregnancy as older women using the same methods.