IUDs, hormonal implants may be effective beyond approved use, study finds

February 6, 2015 5:16 PM

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IUDs, hormonal implants may be effective beyond approved use, study finds

A new study has found that long-acting forms of birth control may work one year longer than their approved duration of use, and researchers are studying whether they may be effective another two years beyond that.

“This research is important because extended use of these devices will reduce cost to both the individual and insurer and improve convenience for women, who can delay removal and re-insertion,” study author Colleen McNicholas, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University...

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