According to a report, the pill remains the commonest birth control method used by women. About 16% of the women between the ages of 15 to 44 used the pill for birth control. According to a report published by the (NCHS) in December 2011, 15.5 percent of women chose female sterilization, a method in which the fallopian tubes from the women are blocked or closed. 9.4 percent of women used condoms. 7.2 percent of women used IUD devices and implants, both of which are reversible contraceptives.
The use of long acting reversible contraceptives is becoming more popular among women. Kimberly Daniels from the US National Center for Health Statistics said that the use of intrauterine devices (IUDs) has almost doubled since the last five years, when roughly 3.8 percent of women were using IUDs.
Looking at the long acting reversible methods of contraception, the popular one is IUD’s and is used by 3.5 % of all women in the years 2006 to 2010 and 6.4 % between the years 2011 to 2013. The popular hormonal version of IUD in US was Skyla and Mirena while the copper IUD was named ParaGard.
According to Laura Lindberg, senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute, the reason for increased popularity of IUD was caused by a change in the guidelines which was issued to suggest women without children and younger females to use such methods of contraception.
Lindberg further added that female and male condoms are present in the market as methods to prevent both STD diseases and pregnancy.
Lindberg said, “Until such time as other options become available, continuing to promote and support the use of these methods, either alone or in conjunction with a hormonal method, is critical to reducing the risk of STIs.”
The study revealed that the sudden spike in popularity of the pill was due to adept marketing as well as familiarity to the pill. The needs of birth control methods change with passage of time for women and they are free to choose the best method which is suitable for them.