Limits on birth control pills could be costly

March 9, 2011 2:50:47 PM PST
The current limits on birth control pills could be costly in more ways than one.

A new study finds letting women have a year's supply of birth control pills might cut down on unwanted pregnancies and save money for health programs and insurance policies.

Right now, private and public health insurance plans in the U.S. generally limit how many month's worth of birth control pills can be prescribed at once.

But, scientists found, lower income California women who got a year's supply of the pill had fewer unplanned pregnancies than women who got only one or three months.