Struggling Colorado birth control program worked even better than thought, says health department

The Gazette, By: Jakob Rodgers

Intrauterine devices - known as IUDs - can prevent more than 99 percent of pregnancies within the first year of being implanted in the uterus.

A program offering birth control to low-income teens and young women worked even better than previously thought, Colorado's health department announced Wednesday.

The initiative, which provided long-acting reversible contraceptives at little or no cost, dropped the state's teen birth and abortion rates by 48 percent from 2009 to 2014, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found.

The intrauterine devices - known as IUDs - administered by the initiative can prevent more than 99 percent of pregnancies within the first year of being implanted in the uterus.

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