Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has published a study in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study, published on Thursday, October 4, enrolled 9,256 women ages 14-45 from the St. Louis region into the Contraceptive Choice Project between August 2007 and September 2011. Many of the women were poor, uninsured, had a low education, and had a previous unintended pregnancy; they were either not using a "reversible" contraception method or were wanting to switch to a new one. After being provided free, FDA-approved birth control for three years (2008-2010) in the form of their choice, the women experienced far fewer unintended pregnancies than expected. 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women (adjusted for age and race) in the study saw unintended pregnancies, as compared to the national rate of 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women. The results were also lower than the rate in the St. Louis area (13.4 to 17 abortions per 1,000 women).
Read more here.