Why More Women and Doctors Should Consider This Kind of Birth Control

October 30, 2014 3:54 PM

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Why More Women and Doctors Should Consider This Kind of Birth Control

What do you think of when someone says "birth control"? Chances are you think of a pack of pills. Or maybe you think of the ring and the patch, which are essentially pills delivered in other ways. When girls and women come to my office looking for birth control, they are usually thinking of pills. And in the past, I was right on board with recommending them unless there was a reason not to, such as a medical condition that made estrogen unsafe. But several years ago, with the help of the World Health Organization counseling form, I totally changed my approach to how I talk about birth control, especially for young women.

I am seeing young women in my office who are attending college and are looking for options to prevent pregnancy. When they come to see me, I will ask them: What is the most important feature of a birth control method for you? I hope they all answer with one word: effectiveness. While safety, lack of...

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