A new research conducted at the University of California, San Francisco has found that IUDs and implant counseling can “dramatically” decrease the number of unintended pregnancies over the course of a year.
Less than 1 % of women who used LARCs in pregnancy prevention become pregnant over the course of a year; this in comparison to 9 % of women on the pill and 18 percent of women whose male partners use condoms.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) — small, often T-shaped contraceptive devices containing either copper or levonorgestrel — and contraceptive implants, which are also known as long-active reversible contraceptives or LARCs, have proven themselves to be more effective than condoms and birth control pills, however, regardless of their safety and high rate of efficacy, they are not routinely included in contraceptive counseling by healthcare providers.
The study which was conducted by UCSF researchers, marks the first randomized trial of a clinic-based intervention intended to address the issue of accidental pregnancies in the United States.
It was done in association with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the researchers trained healthcare workers on how to counsel young women on the benefits of intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants, Medical News Today reported.
The study, which was published in the journal The Lancet, Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, senior medical advisor at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was quoted by Medical News Today as having said that the study shows just “how important it is that women’s health care providers have full information about available birth control methods and are trained to provide all of these methods to patients at the same visit.”