Women up the duff say contraceptive is duff

Oh, the ethical responsibility of pharmaceutical companies! Usually, such big name companies end up in the news over witholding or charging too much for drugs to combat cancer-related or other severe illnesses but now thousands of women in the UK are complaining about one particular business whose product they believe is responsible for their unwanted pregnancies, the Huffington Post reports.

Implanon, a contraceptive implant which is produced by Merck & Co., is a small solid amount of material that is inserted under a woman's skin and which slowly releases hormones to prevent a natural cycle of pregnancy occuring. Which, for some 584 ladies, simply happened anyway.

'Ronald Rogers, a spokesman for the New Jersey-based company, said the number of women in Britain who became pregnant were within the range the company would expect for that time period: 'We're very confident in the efficacy and safety of Implanon,' Rogers said, adding it is more than 99 percent effective. He would not comment on whether other countries have reported higher than expected pregnancy rates in women who use Implanon.'

Nothing beats the old-fashioned method of...well...abstinence. The only way to be 100 percent sure you won't get pregnant but let's face it, it isn't half as fun in practise.

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