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Heather
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The government is considering setting higher standards for birth control drugs used by millions, saying that newer pills appear to be less effective at preventing pregnancy than those approved decades ago.

The Food and Drug Administration will ask a panel of experts Tuesday and Wednesday whether it should require new contraceptive drugs to meet a standard of effectiveness before they are approved for the market.

...The original birth control pills approved in the 1960s allowed less than one pregnancy when taken by 100 women for at least a year, the FDA said. But in the last decade, the government has approved pills allowing more than two pregnancies for every 100 woman-years of use.

More here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16767441/wid/11915773?GT1=8921

This is news to me, sparing that it's always been a given for younger women particularly to back up BCPs with condom use. Not only are younger women statistically much more likely to take pills inconsistently, the STI risks for younger women are also higher.

I'll keep y'all posted if there's more news on this, but it never hurts to play it safe, per usual, and back up BCPs with condoms.

[ 01-25-2007, 02:29 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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