Study: Implantable Contraceptives Work
Analysis Shows the Birth Control Method Is Effective in Preventing Pregnancy
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More Birth Control Options
Implantable contraceptives are just one of several new non-pill hormonal
birth control options to become available to women in the U.S. within the past
few years. Implanon joins the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera, the
contraceptive patch, a progestin-releasing vaginal ring, and a
progestin-releasing intrauterine device, sold as Mirena.
Reproductive health researcher Lawrence Finer, PhD, says the new options are
long overdue, but no one method is right for everyone.
Finer is the director of domestic research for the Guttmacher Institute, a
reproductive health research and policy analysis group.
"The more birth control methods there are, the greater than chance that
an individual woman will find a method that's a good fit for her," he
Finer says it is too soon to tell how many women in the U.S. are using
Implanon. But he adds that acceptance of long-term birth control seems to be
growing among American women, as evidenced by the increased use of the
three-month, injected contraceptive Depo-Provera.
"People often ask me what the best birth control method is, but that is
the wrong question," he says. "A better question is, 'What is the best
birth control for me?' Hormonal or non-hormonal, long-term or every day -- the
best option for one woman isn't necessarily the best for another."
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