Informed Decision-making on Contraception Might Need These Charts Comparing Different Methods

Over in the New York Times, Gregor Aisch and Bill Marsh have an explainer with superb infographics on the comparative effectiveness of various contraceptive methods with respect to unplanned pregnancy. The graphs compare actual with ideal use, and have a slider so that you can see how they do at each year of use.  It’s pretty clear which methods are best over 10 years: IUDs, implants, and sterilization (not pictured, below). These, of course, have costs. So other methods that are less effective may still be better for some patients. Only the patient can decide that for themselves.

This composite image illustrates the kinds of comparison graphs you will find if you click through to the NY Times article. Unfortunately, the data do not appear to be available in a non-visual format.

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