Women who get several months’ worth of birth control pills at once are more likely to stick with the contraceptive than those who get a shorter-term supply, a new clinical trial suggests. As it stands, private and public health insurance plans in the U.S. generally limit how many months’ worth of birth control pills can be prescribed at a time. The practice was established years ago, when there were concerns about the Pill causing certain health problems, including high blood pressure.
The idea was that having women make more doctor visits could help in catching any ill effects. But even now that those concerns have been eased, the restriction on Pill prescriptions remains. And studies suggest that it’s a barrier to women continuing with birth control pills; researchers have found that “running out of pills” is one of the most common reasons women cite for giving up the Pill.
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