Long-Term Birth Control Use Soars For American Women

After nearly disappearing from the market 30 years ago, the once rarely used long-term reversible contraception is now the fastest-growing birth control method among American women.    Between 2011 and 2013, 11.6 percent of women opted for LTRC methods like implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs), up from 6 percent between 2006 and 2010, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Health Statistics.   While use of the most common methods of contraception like the pill, sterilization or the male condom held steady, LTRC methods represent a small but rapidly growing share of the contraceptive choices for women. Experts note that the growth is largely driven by IUDs, while implants make up a small share of the LTRC options.   The pill is still the most popular contraceptive method, followed closely by female sterilization: More than a quarter of women aged 15 to 44 use the pill (25.9 percent), while another quarter (25.1 percent) go the route of sterilization.  Megan Kavanaugh, senior research scientist for the sexual and reproductive health-focused Guttmacher Institute, points to several factors contributing to the rise in LTRC popularity: Health care providers get more and better training on the devices, medical groups have voiced growing preference for LTRCs and consumer marketing has raised awareness of the option. "A lot of that is trickling down to the patient side," Kavanaugh said. "Patients, particularly ...
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