Contraception Among U.S. Women: A CDC Report

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A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates nearly two-thirds of women in the United States use birth control and that 99 percent of sexually active women used at least one method of contraception over the period from 2006 to 2010. According to the report, the most common forms of birth control are:

  • Female sterilization (tubal ligation) — 18.6 percent of women
  • Oral contraception (birth control pills) — 12.6 percent of women
  • Long-acting reversible contraception (IUDs and implants) — 10.3 percent of women
  • Male condoms — 8.7 percent of couples

Researchers at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics used data from the National Survey of Family Growth to analyze contraceptive use in women. They determined that, from 2015 to 2017, about 65 percent of women ages 15 to 49 used some form of contraception in the month they were surveyed, up from about 62 percent from 2011 to 2015.

More than 39 percent of women 40 to 49 relied on sterilization — a permanent surgical procedure in which the fallopian tubes are closed to prevent pregnancy — while just 4 percent of women 20 to 29 had a tubal ligation. Birth control pills are the primary form of contraception used by:

  • Just under 20 percent of women 20 to 29
  • More than 16 percent of women 15 to 19
  • 11 percent of women 30 to 39
  • About 5 percent of women 40 to 49

Sourcd from: CDC