Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Colorado leads nation in providing most effective birth control

Colorado leads the nation in providing the most effective forms of birth control to low-income teenage women in Title X family planning clinics, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Colorado Family Planning Initiative provided more than 30,000 women long-acting reversible contraceptives at 68 Title X clinics across Colorado since 2009. During that time, the state’s teen birth rate dropped 40 percent, teenage abortions dropped 35 percent and the state averted approximately $79 million in Medicaid spending.

Effective contraceptives prevent unintended pregnancy. In Colorado, seven of 10 teen pregnancies are unintended. Children born to mothers who did not intend to have children have a higher risk for poor health, child abuse and educational challenges. Teen mothers are less likely to graduate from high school or earn as much as women who wait to have children and are more likely to experience maternal depression or domestic violence.

IUDs and implants are the safest and most effective forms of birth control and are recommended by most women’s health organizations. According to the CDC, the failure rate with long-acting reversible contraceptives is less than 1 percent, lower than birth control pills at 9 percent and condoms at 18 percent.

To learn more, go to CDC Vital Signs.

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