Overestimating Contraceptives’ Effectiveness
May 17, 2012
As the lead author of an American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study, former Leadership Training Initiative Fellow David Eisenberg, MD, MPH, spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the researchers’ findings that women overestimate the efficacy of condoms and oral contraceptives. The study also shows that women tend to be unfamiliar with or misinformed about more effective, longer-term methods like IUDs and hormonal implants. Dr. Eisenberg said, "There are a lot of myths and misconceptions [about IUDs]. ... Women just need to be informed."
He added that a key to making IUDs and implants available to more women is full insurance coverage for all birth control methods. Read the article here. Reuters, United Press International, the Globe and Mail, and GlobalPost.com also covered the study.
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