A report released by the United States National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has shown that contraceptive pills remain the most preferred birth control method among most women, and this is largely because of its popularity and ease of use, coupled with its effectiveness with many women.

The NCHS data shows that 16% of women between the ages of 15 to 44 adopted the pills between 2011 to 2013, and 15.5% women went for sterilization which involves the blockage or tying up of the fallopian tubes. 9.4% of women actually used condoms, and 7.2 chose having intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants which are actually reversible forms of contraceptives.

An official of the NCHS, Kimberly Daniels, pointed out that many women are going for long-active reversible contraceptives nowadays because of their immense popularity; and that the number of women going for intrauterine devices has nearly doubled to 3.8% within the last five years.

According to Daniels, IUDs remain the most popular choice of long-active reversible contraception method for most women, with about 3.5% getting fitted with one between 2006 and 2010, while nearly 6.4% of women chose the method between 2011 and 2013. The hormonal versions of the IUDs in the US are Skyla and Mirena, but ParaGard is composed of copper.

Laura Lindberg, a senior research associate with the Guttmacher Institute is of the opinion that most women chose long-acting reversible contraceptives because of favorable modifications in guidelines regulating its use, which now favors young ladies and women without children.

“Until such time as other options become available, continuing to promote and support the use of these methods, either alone or in conjunction with a hormonal method, is critical to reducing the risk of STIs,” said Lindberg. And to this end, she advised that male and female condoms remain the best protection against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

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