-- If they don’t have to think about cost or availability, women may be more likely to choose long-lasting birth control, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, and implants -- tiny, thin rods smaller than a match stick coated with hormones and placed under the skin in the arm -- are considered to be highly-effective, reversible contraceptive methods.
But they’re also expensive forms of birth control for women without appropriate insurance coverage. In addition to physician fees for placement of the device, the price of an intrauterine device or implant hovers just short of $1,000, according to Goodrx.com, a prescription comparison site.
Sanders and her colleagues at the University of Utah enrolled more than 4,400 women in the study, which spanned three years.
"When we added education and outreach to the picture, we saw an increase in the demand for these methods," Sanders said. The study results showed the odds of getting an implant or IUD increased 1.6 times with the first intervention and 2.5 times after they added the media campaign.
The researchers plan to follow the participants in this study to determine the impact of universal access to family planning services over the next years.
Jay-Sheree Allen, M.D., is a resident in the ABC News Medical Unit.