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Reducing the U.S. abortion rate

Part 3 of three parts

Contraceptive (Birth Control)
methods for regulating fertility

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This topic is continued here from the previous essay

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Contraceptive methods used:

The Alan Guttmacher Institute reported that women who made use of federal Title X family planning programs and who used a contraceptive, adopted the following methods in 2001:

Method used
% of women
Oral contraceptives 45%
Injectable contraceptive 17%
Condom 13%
No method 7%
Unknown 4%
Pregnant 5%
Sterilization 3%
Other 2%
Spermicidal foam; contraceptive film 1%
IUD 1%
Hormone implant 0%
Cervical cap 0%
Natural methods 0%
Diaphragm 0%

Other methods included withdrawal, rhythm method, safe period by calendar, sponge, suppository, insert, douching, abstinence, etc. 5

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These data cannot be considered an accurate sampling for the entire female population of childbearing age. Some women would not become clients of family planning agencies because they:

bullet Use "natural" or time-barrier methods of contraception.

bullet Totally abstain from sexual intercourse.
bullet Are infertile and thus do not need to use contraception.

In addition, 65% of Title X family planning users have incomes at or below the poverty level. Their choice of contraceptive method may not be similar to the entire population of women of child-bearing age. 6

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The most effective birth control method may become the cheapest:

There was a major development in birth control that should make Long-Acting-Reversable-Contraception (LARC) devices much less expensive and more easily obtainable.

Tara Haelle, writing for Forbes/Pharma & Healthcare on 2016-MAY-02, said:

"The most effective reversible forms of birth control are mostly priced out of reach for millions of women who need it most—until now. An unusual partnership between a nonprofit pharmaceutical company and a traditional pharmaceutical distributor aims to increase access to IUDs (intrauterine devices) for U.S. servicewomen and in public clinics.

Liletta, a hormonal IUD approved by the FDA in April 2015, resulted from a joint venture between Allergan ... and Medicines360, a global nonprofit women’s health pharmaceutical company whose primary funding comes from an anonymous donor’s grant.

'The whole point of Liletta at $50 is that public health clinics can have it available and stocked so that for women who are underinsured, uninsured or choosing not to use their insurance, the clinic can absorb the cost of providing these to those women,' Jessica Grossman, the CEO of Medicines360, told me. Yes, $50 -- one fifth to one tenth the typical cost of an IUD. ..."

'What makes LARC methods great is that women can have them placed and then they can forget about them–basically, they are a ‘no worry’ birth control method–safe, extremely effective and completely and quickly reversible when removed,' said Alison Edelman, MD, MPH, director of the Oregon Family Planning Fellowship and a professor of OB/GYN at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland." 7

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All essays on this web site are intended to give an general overview of various methods of contraception. Do not rely upon this information when making personal decisions. Please consult your physician or a family planning clinic for professional advice.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "More Women Opting For IUD Contraception. IUDs Improved Substantially Since Dalkon Shield," WXII12, at:
  2. Rebecca wind, "Emergency contraception (EC) played key role in abortion rate declines. In 2000 Alone, AGI Estimates EC Averted As Many As 51,000 Abortions," Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2002-DEC-17, at:
  3. "An Overview of Abortion in the United States," PRCH & AGI, 2003-JAN, at:
  4. Adrienne Bonham, "Why are 50 Percent of Pregnancies in the U.S. Unplanned?," The Shriver Report, 2013-OCT-21, at:
  5. "Family Planning annual report: 2001 Summary; Part 1," Alan Guttmacher Institute, Page 28, at:  You need software to read these files. It can be obtained free from:  
  6. Ibid, Page 24.
  7. Tara Haelle, "Could The Most Effective Birth Control Soon Become The Cheapest?," Forbes, 2016-MAY-02, at:

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