MANY AMERICAN WOMEN USE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS FOR NONCONTRACEPTIVE REASONS One-Third of Teen Users Rely on the Pill Exclusively for These Purposes November 15h, 2011 The most common reason U.S. women use oral contraceptive pills is to prevent pregnancy, but 14% of pill users1.5 million womenrely on them exclusively for noncontraceptive purposes. The study documenting this finding, Beyond Birth Control: The Overlooked Benefits of Oral Contraceptive Pills, by Rachel K. Jones of the Guttmacher Institute, also found that more than half (58%) of all pill users rely on the method, at least in part, for purposes other than pregnancy preventionmeaning that only 42% use the pill exclusively for contraceptive reasons. The studybased on U.S government data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)revealed that after pregnancy prevention (86%), the most common reasons women use the pill include reducing cramps or menstrual pain (31%); menstrual regulation, which for some women may help prevent migraines and other painful side effects of menstruation (28%); treatment of acne (14%); and treatment of endometriosis (4%). Additionally, it found that some 762,000 women who have never had sex use the pill, and they do so almost exclusively (99%) for noncontraceptive reasons. Menstrual-related disorders and irregular periods are particularly common during adolescence. Not surprisingly, the study found that teens aged 1519 who use the pill are more likely to do so for non-contraceptive purposes (82%) than for birth control (67%). Moreover, 33% of teen pill users report using oral contraceptive pills solely for noncontraceptive purposes. Many American Women Use Birth Control Pills for Noncontraceptive Reasons Three members of my family use contraceptives for reasons other than birthcontol and with no insurance it cost them $35 a month.