A recent report claims that the pill remains the most common birth control method used by women.
16 percent of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control throughout the years 2011 to 2013 used the pill. A report published by the United States National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in December 2011 claimed that 15.5 percent of women chose female sterilization, a method in which the fallopian tubes from the women are blocked or closed and 9.4 percent of women used condoms. 7.2 percent of women used intrauterine devices and implants, both of which are reversible contraceptives.
Kimberly Daniels from the US National Center for Health Statistics said that the use of long-active reversible contraceptives is becoming increasingly popular throughout the female population. She also said that the use of intrauterine devices (IUDs) has almost doubled since the last five years, when roughly 3.8 percent of women were using IUDs.
Among the long-active reversible methods of contraception, the most popular one is IUDs, used by around 3.5 percent of all women in the years 2006 to 2010 and by about 6.4 percent between the years 2011 to 2013, Daniels claims. In the US, Skyla and Mirena are the hormonal versions of the IUDs, while ParaGard makes use of copper.
A senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute, Laura Lindberg said the growing number of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods comes after modifications in guidelines which at this moment suggest women without children and younger females to use such methods of contraception.
Lindberg said that at the present time only female and male condoms are present on the market as methods of preventing both sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
“Until such time as other options become available, continuing to promote and support the use of these methods, either alone or in conjunction with a hormonal method, is critical to reducing the risk of STIs.”
The study claims that the burst in popularity of the pill comes as a result of familiarity with the pill because of marketing. It is important to be aware of the fact that the needs of birth control methods change over the time for women, so they need a method that best suits them.