More girls using best methods of birth control, CDC reports
Atlanta, GA, United States (AHN) – A new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the majority of teen girls who have sex use the most effective kinds of birth control.
That is a notable improvement from the mid 1990′s when fewer than half were using the best.
The government report and health officials say the welcome trend may help explain the substantial decline in the U.S. teen birth rate since 1990.
The study finds the most effective forms of birth control were the pill, the patch, vaginal ring, IUD, arm implant and contraceptive shot.
Using condoms was found to be only moderately effective.
The CDC’s findings were based on a survey of 2,300 girls ages 15 to 19.
Also of note, less than half the girls said they had sex.