Birth Control Pill Equally Effective for Women Regardless of Their Weight

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The first study to compare the effectiveness of the birth control pill in women with marked weight differences has found that the pill works equally well in women with obesity and thinner women. This new finding by physician-scientists at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center refutes a long-held conviction among many doctors that the pill may not reliably prevent pregnancy in women who are overweight or obese.

With obesity a significant health issue in the United States -- the U.S. government estimates that nearly 65 percent of adult women ages 20 and older are overweight or obese -- the reliability of the birth control pill in this population is critical, especially since pregnancy itself is riskier among women with obesity.

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New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (2010, August 16). Birth control pill equally effective for women regardless of their weight. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 17, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2010/08/100816155006.htm
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