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Costs keep women from using birth control devices

Devices such as IUDs are the most effective means of birth control, but few women use them because of the up-front costs, according to a story from the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday.

The story reports a wide range of costs for birth control among uninsured women, from $9 a month for generic pills to $90 a month for some newer brands. And getting a doctor to insert long-term devices such as IUDs can cost anywhere from $600 to $1,000.

According to the report, only about five percent of U.S. women use the devices. Dr. Jeffrey Peipert of Washington University in St. Louis, leader of a major study of nearly 10,000 women, is quoted as saying that many women turn them down because of a higher upfront cost that insurance hasn’t always covered even though years of pills eventually cost as much.

Peipert also said there’s little difference between relatively expensive brand-name birth control pills such as Yaz and their generic equivalents.

Several studies have shown that Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, Ocella, and other drospirenone-containing birth control pills are more likely to cause blood clots, pulmonary embolism, and stroke than birth control drugs that don’t contain the compound.

If you developed a blood clot, stroke, or pulmonary embolism while taking Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, or Ocella, contact Lopez McHugh for a free consultation.

See the story here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/03/09/national/w002740S49.DTL