The Cost of Birth Control
We talk a lot on the site about tips and advice when you are trying to get pregnant. However, there are many times during our lives when getting pregnant is something we are decidedly trying NOT to do.
For some women, religious or cultural beliefs may influence their choice of methods when avoiding contraception. For the rest of the women out there, methods may be chosen largely based on cost or convenience. A new study suggests that the issue of cost may in fact be costing many women much more, when their low-cost options fail to prevent pregnancy.
In a new study, which followed close to 7,500 women over three years, the effectiveness of various methods in preventing pregnancy was tracked. “Over a period of three years, 9.4% of women using birth control pills, patches, or vaginal rings became pregnant accidentally, compared to just 0.9% of women who opted for IUDs or implants.” That means that if a woman chooses the pill, for example, instead of an IUD, her chances of an unintended pregnancy are 20 times more likely.
Of course, the study provided women with a choice of methods, free of charge. And cost is a major issue for many women. With long-term options like IUDs or implants, the up-front cost can be considerable ($500 or more) and often is not covered by insurance. So once again, women find themselves limited in their options, despite the evidence that these long-term methods are much more successful in their intended use.
Which birth control option do you use, and why? Does this study make you want to change? Will you?