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"Matched" birth control urged.

"Matched" Birth Control Urged

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The number of contraceptive-related deaths could be reduced by one-half if women were matched to a method of birth control based on their health and circumstances, according to Howard Orry, M.D., chief of the family planning evaluation division of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Dr. Orry told a House population committee that women who use contraceptives should be monitored and then informed about the information gained by the surveillance.

Each year, according to CDC data, out of every 100,000 women using oral contraceptives, four die. Of those women using intrauterine devices, fewer than one in 100,000 dies. Four women in 100,000 who have abortions die, and 16 out of every 100,000 women die after undergoing surgical sterilization. Twenty-three women die from pregnancy-related events and childbirth for every 100,000 births.

Dr. Orry said that if all the women using oral contraceptives quit smoking, about half of the deaths in their group probably would not occur.

The CDC estimates that 16 million women currently use one of the "highly effective" methods of contraception. This estimate includes 11 million women who use oral contraceptives; 3.2 million who use intrauterine devices; 1.1 million, abortions, and 600,000, tubal ligations.
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Mar 22, 1989
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