Washington University study suggests more women choose IUD if free

Washington University study suggests more women choose IUD if free

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A health worker teaches women how to properly use a intra uterine device (IUD) during the World Population Day in Manila July 11, 2008. Former Philippine president Fidel Ramos on criticised his successor, Gloria Arroyo for letting the Roman Catholic church control the country's population control policy. Speaking at a UN forum on World Population Day, Ramos said "the Arroyo administration's population policy has been described as flip-flopping, perhaps due to unwarranted subservience to the Catholic church." AFP PHOTO/ Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 5:45 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A major birth control study of nearly 10,000 women is under way in St. Louis that provides a clue about what might happen when a policy takes effect that will make contraceptives available free of charge as preventive care.

The study, called the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, provides free of charge various methods of birth control, from pills to intrauterine devices.

Jeffrey Peipert of Washington University in St. Louis says about 75 percent of women in the study are choosing the IUD or the implant because they're longer-lasting options that have a lower failure rate.

In the U.S., only about 5 percent of U.S. women choose that method. It's expensive and can cost $600 to nearly $1,000 upfront to be inserted by a doctor without help from insurance.

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