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Modern Birth Control Could Prevent 15M Unwanted Pregnancies

February 10, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Modern Birth Control Could Prevent 15M Unwanted Pregnancies

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Optimal use of modern contraceptives could avert an estimated 15 of 16.7 million unwanted pregnancies each year in 35 low- and middle-income countries, according to a demographic health survey.

Saverio Bellizzi, MSc, from the World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office, Manila, Philippines, and coauthors report their findings online February 3 in Human Reproduction.

“[Modern methods] include combined oral contraceptives, progestogen-only pills, implants, injectable contraceptives, IUDs, male and female condoms, sterilization and [lactational amenorrhea method],” the authors write. “Traditional methods include withdrawal and fertility-awareness methods.” According to the authors, 87 million unintended pregnancies worldwide are a result of underuse of contraceptives.

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