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Long-acting contraceptives best by far

Implants and IUDs outperform the pill and other birth control options

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5:30pm, May 23, 2012

Long-acting birth control devices are nearly 22 times as reliable as contraceptive pills or other short-acting approaches that need close monitoring, a new study shows. Since about half of all unplanned pregnancies are traceable to failed birth control, switching to a long-term, reversible contraceptive could prevent many accidental pregnancies, researchers say.

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