1 in 3 U.S. Women Uses 'Withdrawal' for Birth Control

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1 in 3 U.S. Women Uses 'Withdrawal' for Birth Control
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Wed, 08-07-2013 - 12:24pm

According to a new study, 1 in 3 young US women use withdrawal as a method of birth control. And it isn't as good as they think.  "Withdrawal is an old-fashioned, unreliable form of birth control, but one-third of young women still use it anyway, new research indicates.

"Our study showed that use of withdrawal for contraception is very common, but it doesn't work as well as other methods," said study author Dr. Annie Dude, a resident in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, N.C." READ MORE

Why do you think so many women rely on this unreliable form of birth control?

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Registered: 01-23-2013

Yikes!  That's a scary percentage.  I'm wondering if cost is an issue here.  To get birth control you need to see a doctor, then pay for your prescription.  To use condoms, you have to have cash.  I could be totally off base, but it makes you wonder if that could be part of the reason why so many don't use birth control.  

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Personally I think its poor sex education period. I don't know how many states do not teach anything but abstinence, but i know its a lot of the southern states, and women just aren't taught about their body at all, what the stages of your period are, flow, ovulation, luteal phase. If more women were taught these things, they would much more easily be able to use it to track their periods, even know more about their bodies in general, what maybe going wrong, hormonal issues, etc.
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I would agree that poor sex education is to blame here and I completely agree with Tracy that if girls were taught at an early age about ovulation and tracking their periods,etc.  then it might make a difference.