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What's new with birth control

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What's new with birth control

It's been 100 years since the term birth control was coined and a new survey released by Bayer Healthcare for World Contraception Day (Sept 26th) has some cool info on what's new and exciting in the world of contraception and a lot of it has to do with technology.

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Did you know that 56 percent of women aged 18 to 34 use a mobile phone or app to remember to take their birth control pill? It could be easy to forget when you're busy so apps can help you manage that along with other medications (or taking your vitamins!). There's also loads of fertility tracking apps around that help as well. But don't rely on these—everyone has a different cycle that's not necessarily 28 days so if you're not using alternative contraception it's definitely not reliable.

Stats also show that 33 percent of users say they miss a pill each cycle. Again, if you're not following a strict protocol with the pill, doctors recommend using a back-up form or contraception.

The study found that 75 percent of millennial Canadian women say they currently use or have used the birth control pill as contraception. Looking to make a change? We share some of the latest birth control methods here like IUDs and we share birth control myths in our guide to birth control.

Learn more about sex stats of Canadians with results from our Canadian Living Sex Survey. Learn how effective your birth control might be and cl ick here for more Canadian   birth control stats from their last survey.

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