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Women's Contraceptive Perceptions and Realities Don't Match Up
Date:10/16/2008

More than three quarters of current hormonal contraceptive users have concerns about their current birth control method

KENILWORTH, N.J., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Women's feelings and behaviors concerning contraception are conflicted, yet many don't seek out methods that could better satisfy their needs, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Schering-Plough by Harris Interactive(R). In the survey, "Contraceptive Habits," a small percentage of women (six percent) said they worry most about the possibility of getting pregnant when it comes to sex, yet 46 percent of women using birth control say they often feel relieved to get their periods if they've been sexually active. One in five women (21 percent) who currently use, or have previously used, hormonal contraceptives say they have difficulty remembering to use their birth control sometimes. Yet 75 percent of these same women say they never sacrifice spontaneity due to their birth control method.

"With more than half of all unintended pregnancies in the United States occurring among couples who used some type of birth control, it's very troubling that the majority of women are not confident in their contraceptive methods," said Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine. "It only takes one birth control slip up to get pregnant, and if women are not feeling confident in their current method, they should express their concerns with their healthcare providers to find an option that suits them better."

Findings from the survey include:

Seventy-nine percent of current hormonal contraceptive users have concerns about their current birth control method. Despite these concerns, 39 percent have stayed with their chosen method for five or more years.

Sixty-two percent of women who currently use a hormonal contraceptive report that having sex increases stress levels when they've not used their birth c
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