Can You Still Afford Birth Control in the Recession?

Kim Conte
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The Los Angeles Times recently reported that the recession may be leading to an increase in unintended pregnancies.

Why?

Because hard times have forced many women to switch to less expensive, less reliable methods of contraceptives or even abandon them altogether due to the high expense or loss of health insurance.

Here are the specifics: According to a survey of more than 1,000 women by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 20 percent of women are more worried about having an accidental pregnancy today than they were one year ago. Three percent of women have quit using birth control because it is too expensive. Six percent of women using a hormonal form of birth control—for example the pill—switched to a less expensive form of birth control or abandoned it altogether. And ten percent of women are worried that they soon won't be able to afford birth control.

I found the results of this survey alarming because if these women can't afford birth control, how will they afford the cost of having a child? What can be done about this?

What about you? Are you still able to afford your method of birth control?

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