By Olga Khazan
After years of slow uptake, IUDs and implants are finally catching on among American women. In 2013, about 12 percent of women were using these long-acting, reversible contraceptives, or LARCs, compared with just 2.4 percent in 2002. Some studies credit these contraceptives with playing a major role in the reduction of the teen-pregnancy rate.
But a new report from the Urban Institute think-tank suggests that nearly a third of women are significantly misinformed about LARCs. Using a 2016 survey of 798 women of reproductive age, the authors found that fewer women thought that implants, which have a failure rate of about one in 2,000 women, are “very effective” than think that about the pill, which has a failure rate of about nine in 100 women.
Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.