Why the pill is failing some women

But it’s not for reasons you may think

The number of women receiving PBS benefits for oral contraceptives has been steadily falling over the past couple of decades, a family planning expert says.

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While it’s unclear whether this downward trend is due to a preference for the newer, unsubsidised drugs or growing uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), Associate Professor Deborah Bateson is concerned there is an “equity issue” at play, with women on lower incomes locked out of the market for the new-generation pills.

Dr Bateson, who heads up Family Planning NSW, notes that only one contraceptive pill has been

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