Research over the last few years has determined that long-term contraception may lead to fewer unintended pregnancies. Apparently intrauterine devices (IUDs) and progestin implants can be more effective at preventing pregnancy than other methods like condoms and birth control pills. However, apparently doctors are not talking to their patients about this as much as they should.
With the heavy reliance of the world on condoms and birth control pills, it is kind of shocking that doctors have not been as open about telling their patients about more effective measures, like IUDs. In fact, only about 38% of physicians in the US who talk to their patients about contraceptives offer IUDs to adolescents, which is absolutely shocking. Although there are benefits and side effects of using IUDs, there is to just about every form of contraception and doctors should be ensuring that their patients are well informed.