Study examines how far birth control has come

Birth control has been a popular method for women who enjoy sex while not having to worry about getting pregnant. While the course of medicine has changed throughout the years to adapt to the newest methods, it seems as though scientists are unable to get rid of the problems that plague some users.

According to a recent study from Indiana University, birth control still can dampen some of the aspects of sexuality for its users, despite the benefits of pregnancy prevention.

"Contraception in general is a wonderful way for women to plan their families," said lead researcher Nicole Smith, project coordinator at IU's Center for Sexual Health Promotion. "It's something women are often on for as many as 30 years or more; it plays a huge part in their life. If they're experiencing these negative effects, they might stop using contraception correctly or altogether. They need to know that there are options, such as lubricants or other sexual enhancement products that may help to alleviate some of the negative effects they are experiencing."

Smith also said that women should be educated about the different kinds of birth control available to them, as trying a different method may provide less side effects and lead to a higher quality of life.

The research also noted that there has been significant progress in making the sexual experience more enjoyable for men who use condoms. However, women using a contraceptive pill are not seeing the same progress when it comes to enjoying their sexuality while using birth control.

Smith wrote that she was interested to see if there's a significant change in women's birth control methods due to the Affordable Care Act.

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