New survey, new vision

New survey, new vision

At HealthyWomen, we pride ourselves on providing expert health information you can trust. We also make an effort to listen and take note of the important issues and valuable information you share with us.

In our recent survey of women aged 35 to 64, we found particularly interesting results regarding oral contraception, menopause and hormone therapy.

It turns out that more than half of respondents take (or have tried) birth control pills, and finding the right pill can be a real-life Goldilocks situation—it can take a few tries to find the right fit.

Here’s more on the key findings from our survey:

Half of the respondents tried two to four different birth control pills

Younger respondents (61%) reported trying between two and four birth control pills compared to 39% of respondents aged 55 to 64.

When switching birth control brands or products, women listened more to their health care providers (HPCs).

Another reason to switch? Fewer physical side effects.

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68% said they use birth control pills to prevent pregnancy

Younger respondents also chose birth control pills to help with acne and PMS.

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Healthcare professionals are the No. 1 resource. #1 for women seeking menopause advice…

It’s nice to see conversations with a professional take the top spot. The Internet is still popular: 39% of respondents aged 45-54 and 31% of respondents aged 55-64 obtain information about menopause through online search engines.

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… However, more than a quarter of respondents had to initiate the conversation about the stages of menopause with their healthcare professional

34% of respondents aged 45-54 said they had a conversation when they talked about menopause.

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Participation in hormone therapy is low overall

Only 8% of respondents currently take hormone therapy. Of these, 61% prefer to take a pill rather than a gel or creamy foam.

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Herbal products for hormone therapy are preferred

Among respondents on hormone therapy, 42% would choose a plant-based product.

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