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Twenty Times Better than the Pill

Photo Credit: Chris JL via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Chris JL via Compfight cc

What improves public health, increases high-school graduation rates, reduces poverty, and helps balance state budgets? Effective, affordable, accessible contraception. When 9000 St. Louis youth and women were offered the free contraceptive of their choice, three-quarters chose a top-tier, long acting method—a state-of-the-art implant or IUD—and both teen pregnancy and abortion need plummeted. The top-tier methods were twenty times more effective than the Pill at preventing unintended pregnancy.┬áCan we replicate that experience across the Northwest?

Posts on Twenty Times Better than the Pill

5. Intrauterine Bling

2,000 years of IUDs, from camels to body mod.

4. A Contraceptive Revolution

Lowering remaining barriers.

3. Exorcising the Dalkon Shield

Time to get over a bad (contraceptive) romance.

2. The Pill Is 1965 Technology

Next-gen IUDs and implants.

1. New Contraceptives for Cascadia

The lesson of St. Louis.