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Updated 02 June 2014

Long term contraception more effective

Women who choose birth control pills, the patch or vaginal ring are 20 times more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy, a study has found.

Women who choose birth control pills, the patch or vaginal ring are 20 times more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy than those using long-term methods such as IUDs and implants, a study released found.

"This study is the best evidence we have that long-acting reversible methods are far superior to the birth control pill, patch and ring," says senior author and OBGYN Jeffrey Peipert.

Intrauterine devices "and implants are more effective because women can forget about them after clinicians put the devices in place."

 
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