How Effective is Birth Control?
Dr. Anita Nelson talked with us about contraception, women’s health, and family planning. Some of the statistics she shared were surprising and slightly alarming, only proving that widespread education on this topic is crucial. We’ve transcribed a few interesting highlights below.
“Over a thousand women are going to die today from pregnancy and pregnancy related causes. And again 40 -50 % didn’t want to become pregnant. There’s no offsetting benefit for their tragic loss.”
“In my own clinic (UCLA), where women had access to every method available, totally free, so cost was no consideration whatsoever. We offered any pill you wanted. We offered the most effective methods. What was the second most common method? Male condom.”
“Let’s really focus on giving these most effective methods. Women should be demanding. I want the very best. Why would I start with something that doesn’t work as well and only get talked to about the other methods if I fail this method? We need a revolution in the way the conversation is conducted.”
“We are still advancing the technology of contraception. You never want to give up. We haven’t gotten anything perfect. There are always people out there who could use something that fits their needs a little bit better. So we want to keep pursuing that. But I think a big emphasis today is really on, why aren’t people using contraception? Studies are now coming out documenting that we’re getting worse. 51% of pregnancies in the United States are unintended.”
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