Category: contraception

QuickStats: Percentage of Women Who Have Ever Used Emergency Contraception† Among Women Aged 22–49 Years Who Have Ever Had Sexual Intercourse, by Education

Among women aged 22–49 years who have ever had sexual intercourse, 24.3% have ever used emergency contraception. The percentage of women who have ever used emergency contraception increased with education level, from 12.6% among women without a high school diploma or GED to 27.9% among women with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Source: National Survey of Read More >

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Current Contraceptive Status Among Women Aged 15–49: United States, 2017–2019

Questions for Kim Daniels, Health Statistician and Lead Author of “Current Contraceptive Status Among Women Aged 15–49: United States, 2017–2019.” Q: Why does the CDC collect information on contraceptive use?  KD: Collecting information on contraceptive use from women and men of reproductive age helps inform our understanding of variation in use across groups such as Read More >

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Sexual Activity and Contraceptive Use Among Teenagers Aged 15-19 in the United States, 2015-2017

Questions for Gladys Martinez, Health Statistician and Lead Author of “Sexual Activity and Contraceptive Use Among Teenagers Aged 15-19 in the United States, 2015-2017.” Q: Why does NCHS conduct studies on sexual activity and contraception? GM: We conduct studies on sexual activity and contraceptive use to better understand the risk for sexually transmitted diseases, birth Read More >

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Current Contraceptive Status Among Women Aged 15–49: United States, 2015–2017

Using data from the 2015–2017 National Survey of Family Growth, a new NCHS report provides a snapshot of current contraceptive status, in the month of interview, among women aged 15–49 in the United States. In addition to describing use of any method by age, Hispanic origin and race, and education, patterns of use are described for the Read More >

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Urban and Rural Variation in Fertility-related Behavior Among U.S. Women, 2011–2015

Questions for Kimberly Daniels, Ph.D., Statistician and Lead Author of “Urban and Rural Variation in Fertility-related Behavior Among U.S. Women, 2011–2015.” Q: Why did you decide to examine fertility-related behavior among U.S. women in urban and rural areas? KD: We decided to examine fertility-related behavior among U.S. women based on urban and rural residence because Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Women Who Missed Taking Oral Contraceptive Pills Among Women Aged 15–44 Years Who Used Oral Contraceptive Pills and Had Sexual Intercourse, Overall and by Age and Number of Pills Missed

Among women aged 15–44 years who used oral contraceptive pills in the last 4 weeks and had sexual intercourse in the past 12 months, 69% of women reported missing no pills, 15% missed one pill, and 16% missed two or more pills. Across the two age groups (15–24 years and 25–44 years), similar percentages of Read More >

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Unmarried Men’s Contraceptive Use at Recent Sexual Intercourse, United States 2011-2015

Questions for Kimberly Daniels, Ph.D., Statistician and Lead Author of “Unmarried Men’s Contraceptive Use at Recent Sexual Intercourse, United States 2011-2015” Q: Why did you decide to examine contraceptive use among unmarried men? KD: There were a number of motivations to conduct this study on contraceptive use among unmarried men. Most, but not all, of Read More >

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Condom Use During Sexual Intercourse Among Women and Men Aged 15-44 in the United States: 2011-2015 National Survey of Family Growth

Questions for Casey Copen, Ph.D., M.P.H., Statistician and Author of “Condom use during sexual intercourse among women and men aged 15-44 in the United States: 2011-2015 National Survey of Family Growth” Q: Why did you decide to examine condom use in this report? CC: There are about 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STI) in Read More >

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Sexual Activity and Contraceptive Use Among Teenagers in the United States: 2011-2015

Questions for Joyce Abma, Ph.D., Social Scientist and Lead Author on “Sexual Activity and Contraceptive Use Among Teenagers in the United States: 2011-2015” Q: Is the bottom line here in this study that teens are less sexually active than in the past? JA: Yes. Although this has changed very gradually, fewer teens have ever had Read More >

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Current Contraceptive Use and Variation by Selected Characteristics Among Women Aged 15–44: United States, 2011–2013

A new NCHS report describes current contraceptive use among women of childbearing age (ages 15–44) during 2011–2013. Current contraceptive use is defined as use during the month of interview, not for a specific act of sexual intercourse. This report’s primary focus is describing patterns of contraceptive use among women who are currently using contraception, by social Read More >

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Trends in Long-acting Reversible Contraception Use Among U.S. Women Aged 15–44

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), which include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal hormonal implants, are gaining popularity due to their high efficacy in preventing unintended pregnancies. IUD use was more common among U.S. women in the 1970s before concerns over safety led to a decline in use; however, since approval of a 5-year contraceptive implant in Read More >

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Current Contraceptive Status Among Women Aged 15–44: United States, 2011–2013

Nearly all women use contraception at some point in their lifetimes, although at any given time they may not be using contraception for reasons such as seeking pregnancy, being pregnant, or not being sexually active. Using data from the 2011–2013 National Survey of Family Growth on contraceptive use in the month of the interview, a new Read More >

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Women’s Contraception Reports

Two new reports released by the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) give insight into the use and methods of contraception among women aged 15-44. The first report, Use of Emergency Contraception Among Women Aged 15-44: United States, 2006-2010, focused on trends and variation in the use of emergency contraception and reasons for use among Read More >

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