Researchers found that 51% of girls and women who were given a seven-month supply of birth control pills continued taking the contraceptives after six months, compared with 35% of those given a three-month supply. The respondents cited lack of supply as one of the main reasons for stopping the use of the pill, according to the study, which was conducted at a New York City family planning center and published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The lead researcher said the conclusions may seem obvious but such studies are needed before insurers will change their policies.

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