Remembering to take a pill every day is already sort of a tall order for a lot of women. But, a new study suggests, giving women more months of their birth control up-front can help them stick with it for longer.
The study, Reuters reported, gave 661 women and girls either a 3 month, or a 7 month supply of the Pill. And while the study has its flaws— the sample was small and and only in New York City—it did indicate a pretty strongly that women who were provided with more pills in advance were more likely to continue taking them.
While the single study itself isn’t super-convincing, t’s not the only one of its kind, and it comes coupled with surveys of womens’ behavior regarding the Pill, which point to “running out” as one of the most likely causes of ceasing taking it.
Of course, the study is Pill-specific, and may or may not hold up if the research expands into other methods of birth control, like the patch, ring, or other method. But because other, non-daily methods are still relatively new, it’s likely that more studies will follow.
Like this highly scientific one. What do you think, readers? Are you more likely to stay on the Pill if you know you’ve got a few months’ worth in your medicine cabinet?
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