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Contraceptive Use in the United States

August 30, 2013 • Family Planning, United States, News

Contraceptive Use in the United States
See: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_contr_use.html

WHO NEEDS CONTRACEPTIVES?

* There are 62 million U.S. women in their childbearing years (15-44). [1] About 43 million of them (70%) are at risk of unintended pregnancy-that is, they are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant, but could become pregnant if they and their partners fail to use a contraceptive method correctly and consistently.[2]

* Couples who do not use any method of contraception have an approximately 85% chance of experiencing a pregnancy over the course of a year.[3]

* The typical U.S. woman wants only two children. To achieve this goal, she must use contraceptives for roughly three decades.[4]

WHO USES CONTRACEPTIVES?

* More than 99% of women aged 15-44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method.[5]

* Some 62% of all women of reproductive age are currently using a contraceptive method.[2]

To read the full story, please click here: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_contr_use.html



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