New CDC Report: Morning After Pill Is Preferred Birth Control Method

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    morning afterAbout 1 in 9 younger women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago.

    The results come from a survey of females ages 15 to 44. Eleven per cent of those who’d had sex reported using a morning-after pill. That’s up from 4 per cent in 2002, only a few years after the pills went on the market and adults still needed a prescription.

    The increased popularity is probably because it is easier to get now and because of media coverage of controversial efforts to lift the age limit for over-the-counter sales, experts said. A prescription is still required for those younger than 17 so it is still sold from behind pharmacy counters.

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