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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Fastest Growing Form of Birth Control Can Prevent Pregnancy For Up to 12 Years

Black pregnant mother with child

There are all kinds of birth control methods today. They include condoms, diaphragms, vaginal rings, IUD's, birth control patches, pills and shots, abstinence, and many more. Can you guess which one is the fastest-growing form of birth control?

Fastest-growing form of birth control

It's called an intrauterine device (IUD), and it's a small, T-shaped device inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Copper and hormonal IUDs work by affecting the way sperm move so they can't unite with an egg and cause pregnancy. It's considered safe, effective, and lasts up to 12 years.

Why is it so popular?
  • Failure rate is less than 1 percent
  • Longest lasting form of birth control available to women today
  • The cost is covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

An IUD must be inserted by a physician. It is costly, but, fortunately, now covered by ACA. Although the pill remains the number one choice by women, the IUD is quickly growing in use. It also does not have the serious side effects often associated with taking the pill.

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