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Study: Older women still need contraception

Posted 4/1/13

PROVIDENCE – New research has shown that women reaching the age of 40 need to be vigilant about contraception, according to an article recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Dr. Rebecca H. Allen, of Women & Infants’ Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Research, was a member of the research tea,

“Despite declining fertility, women over age 40 still require effective contraception if they want to avoid pregnancy,” Allen said. “In addition, the benefits of birth control outweigh the risk. Even for women with risk factors, there are methods that can be safely used.”

Contraception should be used until a woman is assured she has gone through menopause, according to Allen. Menopause can be assumed after a woman age 50 or older has no menstrual cycle for a year.

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