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Too Much Information? Birth Control Choices Abound
Worried about birth control in light of headlines about side effects from Yaz and the patch? Women have a lot of options that are safe and effective, including some that are even more reliable. Yet almost half of U.S. pregnancies are unintended — and experts say confusion and uncertainty despite all the options is a big reason. In a recent survey, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found 42 percent of unmarried 18- to 29-year-olds said they knew little about birth control pills, and two-thirds knew little about even more effective long-lasting contraceptives. A third said they believe there's a good contraceptive for their personal needs, but they don't know which one.