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Long-acting reversible contraception: an important solution to reduce unintended pregnancy

Published:March 08, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2017.03.004
      This event was neither sponsored nor endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Despite the availability of numerous contraceptive options, almost one-half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, which creates a substantial negative health and socioeconomic burden on women and their families (Online access: http://courses.elseviercme.com/acog16/656e). The most commonly used contraceptives are dependent on adherence and “perfect use” to be efficacious; long-acting reversible contraceptives offer the lowest failure rates primarily because they are user-independent. Greater use of the highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptives may provide 1 solution to the persistent problem of unplanned pregnancies and improve women’s and children’s health.
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