12-month Pill scripts stop unintended pregnancies

US study says moving away from three-monthly scripts could also save health dollars

Women given a 12-month supply of oral contraceptives are less likely to have an unintended pregnancy than if they need to get refills every three months, US research suggests.

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The authors used a computer model to look at the impact of reducing the number of times a woman would have to refill her contraceptive prescriptions on the risk of unplanned pregnancies and cost, using data from more than 24,000 women who had served in the military.

The data showed that 43% of the women who received their oral