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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Strategies for Communicating Contraceptive Effectiveness

Description of Resource: 
To make a good choice about which birth control to use, people have to know how well different methods work. This systematic review identified 7 trials of ways to inform people about how well different birth control methods prevent pregnancy. Two studies had several sessions for participants. Both groups increased their birth control use. Five trials had a single session for each group. The groups were similar in choice of birth control and in numbers who still used their chosen method at 3 months. The last study used videos to inform couples about birth control. We cannot say overall what would help consumers choose their method of birth control. Ways to inform women about birth control options should be tested in clinics.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Library
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Family Planning
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Lopez LM, Steiner M, Grimes DA, Hilgenberg D, Schulz KF. Strategies for communicating contraceptive effectiveness. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2013 [cited 2017 Oct 25];(4). doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD006964.pub3. Available from: