Girls on most effective birth control may unwisely skip condoms

An illustration picture shows a woman holding a pill at her home in NiceBy Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – High school girls who use the most effective methods of birth control are less likely to also use condoms, making them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), researchers say. Girls who use intrauterine devices and implants to prevent pregnancies are less likely to use condoms than their peers taking birth control pills, they found. "The findings highlight a need for strategies to increase condom use among all users of highly and moderately effective contraceptive methods … to prevent STIs," wrote lead researcher Riley Steiner of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, in an email to Reuters Health.

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