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Risky Birth Control Still Popular

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Despite it being an extremely unreliable and dangerous form of birth control; one out of three young American women still use the “withdrawal” method of birth control over other more reliable forms of contraception, according to a dramatic study published recently in the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Women who used this form of birth control which relies on a male partner “pulling out” before ejaculating were (not surprisingly) more likely to get pregnant than their female counterparts who relied on proven methods of birth control including pills and barrier forms of contraception. Women who used this riskier form of contraception also turned more often to emergency contraception methods such as Plan B or Next Choice as a way of preventing possible pregnancies.

The study, which is set to appear in the September issue of the medical journal, was conducted by researchers at Duke University who studied some 2,200 participants between the ages of 15 and 24.

Researchers suggested their findings suggest that doctors need to do more education with their young female patients on the inadequacies of the withdrawal method and also; discuss in detail why (or why not) they are using various forms of birth control and suggest options that may offer more protection, but work for their lifestyle, budget, personal needs and protection.

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