Most women conflicted over birth control

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NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Women's feelings and behaviors concerning contraception are conflicted, yet many don't seek out methods to better satisfy needs, a U.S. survey indicates.

Seventy-nine percent of current hormonal contraceptive users have concerns about their current birth control method, the survey by Harris Interactive for Schering-Plough says


Six percent of women say they worry most about the possibility of getting pregnant and 46 percent using birth control say they often feel relieved to get their periods if sexually active.

Twenty-one percent who currently use, or have previously used, hormonal contraceptives say they have difficulty remembering to use their birth control sometimes, but 75 percent say they never sacrifice spontaneity due to their birth control method.

"With more than half of all unintended U.S. pregnancies occurring among couples who used some type of birth control, it's very troubling that the majority of women are not confident in their contraceptive methods," Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, of Yale University School of Medicine says in a statement.

"It only takes one birth control slip up to get pregnant, and if women are not feeling confident in their current method, they should express their concerns with their healthcare providers to find an option that suits them better."


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