Pills have been very popular birth control option amongst women, others being female sterilization and condoms, a new study shows. Among two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control between 2011 and 2013, approximately 16 percent used the pill. Female sterilization was used by 15.5 percent of women. 9.4 percent used male condoms according to the report.
The research was led by Kimberly Daniels and was published by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on December 11. “Use of long-acting reversible contraceptives is becoming more popular. Their use has nearly doubled since the last report on findings from five years earlier, when approximately 3.8 percent of women were using them,” Daniels said.
The IUD is used by 3.5 percent of women in 2006 to 2010 and 6.4 percent of women in 2011 to 2013, according to Daniels. Healthcare organizations now recommend their use to younger women and those without children. Initially, when IUDs were launched, people feared to use them as there was a risk of pelvic infection, also would risk a woman’s fertility in later life. But these risks have been dealt with and do not exist anymore stated the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommending it for teens. These devices do not however prevent women from sexually transmitted infections.
Previous research reports have shown that long-acting reversible contraceptive methods are more effective than the pill. Dr. Vanessa Cullins, vice president for external medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America says, “They’re a great birth control option if you want to preserve your fertility — you think you may want kids in the future but not right now — but also desire long-term, highly effective pregnancy prevention. Their very low failure rates are because women who use them do not have to remember to do anything before sex, or daily or monthly or even every three months — once it’s been inserted, you can pretty much forget about it.”
The pill has been the most common means as people are highly aware of it. It had almost been the foremost way of abortion and existed since even before any other means came into existence. However, doctors suggest that the women’s birth control needs change over time, so they need to pick the method that best fits their lives.