Secret-Shopper-Style Study Shows Online Birth Control Prescription Overall Safe, Efficient

Secret-shopper-style study of nine Web-based and digital-app vendors of contraception scripts shows their services are overall safe and efficient
Analysis also reveals reliable screening by vendors for contraindicated health conditions and medications in line with CDC prescription guidelines
Such services may help reduce barriers to contraception and expand access for underserved populations
Further improvements needed, particularly in counseling about alternative birth control methods and ensuring patient ability to adhere to prescribed medication

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Teens feel pressured to get pregnant

Female adolescents are experiencing relationship abuse at alarming rates, according to a new Michigan State University study that specifically researched reproductive coercion – a form of abuse in which a woman is pressured to become pregnant against her wishes. Heather McCauley, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, and co-researchers found nearly one in eight females between ages 14 and 19 experienced reproductive coercion within the last three months.

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