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Unplanned Pregnancies 20 Times More Likely on Birth Control Pill than IUD

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  • Birth control pills are 20 times more likely to fail than an intrauterine device (IUD), according to new research, likely because they must be taken daily, whereas an IUD is inserted once and works for up to 5 years
  • Oral contraceptives (the Pill), the patch, the ring, contraceptive injections and the IUD all work by artificially manipulating your hormones, which can cause serious side effects
  • Oral contraceptives have been linked to more than two dozen conditions, including heart disease, liver cancer, deep vein thrombosis and inflammatory bowel disease, while the IUD is linked to pelvic infection, ovarian cysts, uterine perforation and more
  • Safer options for birth control are available, including barrier methods (condoms, diaphragms) and natural family planning (NFP) tools, which a woman uses to track when she is ovulating, and then avoids sex during that time (or does so only using a back-up barrier method); many women feel empowered by NFP because it allows them to get in touch with their fertility cycle

By Dr. Mercola

If you think your birth control pill is the best pregnancy prevention tool there is, you may be surprised by new research looking into its failure rates.


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