Women in the U.S. Prefer the Pill and Sterilization as Methods of Birth Control

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The pill and sterilization are the leading methods of birth control in the U.S.

A growing percentage of U.S. women are using intrauterine devices, or IUDs, but the pill and female sterilization still lead the contraceptive pack, as they have for nearly a quarter of a century, government researchers reported Wednesday.”We seem to be stuck in a pattern here,” says lead author William Mosher, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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50th Anniversary Of “The Pill”

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Today is not only Mother’s Day – it is also the 50th anniversary of “The Pill,” the oral contraceptive birth control.Like it or not, the arrival of the birth control pill was a momentous occasion in human civilization and has an enormous social impact:

The thought of out-of-wedlock pregnancy struck terror in women in midcentury America, said Claudia Goldin, a professor of economics at Harvard University who has studied the pill’s effect on professional women…

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