Recent Study - More U.S. Teens Using Oral Birth Control

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A study released on March 31, 2011 by Thomson Reuters indicates that more sexually active teenagers in the United States are using oral birth control pills as their choice of contraceptives.


The statistics were gathered from pharmacies where teenagers purchase their birth control pills. When looking at the statistics keep in mind that Planned Parenthood (who provides the pills free of charge in most cases) was not included in the statistics. Therefore, the numbers are higher than the actual study reported. The study indicates that older teenagers purchase the majority of birth control pills. “Among Medicaid recipients, 27.1 percent of 18-year-olds were prescribed oral contraceptives in 2009, compared to 3.7 percent of 13-year-olds.”

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The following is a quote from Bill Marder, a senior vice president and healthcare economist at Thomson Reuters “The higher rate of birth-control pills may also figure into the debate on whether contraceptives should be provided as part of preventative health services offered under the Obama administration's healthcare law.”



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