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Study finds young women are riskier about sex when on the pill

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A new study finds that when young women start using hormonal contraceptives -- pills, patches, shots, and rings -- they often stop using condoms. Plus, when women stop taking hormonal contraceptives later, they tend to not resume using condoms, putting themselves at risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases 

Stanford Medical School researchers find that young women who start using hormonal contraceptives often stop using condoms, putting themselves at risk for sexually transmitted diseases. ©Susan Montgomery/ Researchers from Stanford Medical School in the US analyzed data from nearly 1,200 sexual active women aged 15 to 24 visiting Planned Parenthood clinics and starting hormonal contraception. At the beginning of the study, 36 percent of the young women used condoms consistently. Condom use dropped to 27 percent three months later. Over the year, some women discontinued using hormonal contraception, with more than half not resuming using condoms after they stopped using hormone-based contraception. The best way to protect oneself from both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections is to use condoms along with other contraception, which the...

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