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QuickStats: Primary* Contraceptive Method Used Among Women Aged 15--44 Years --- National Survey of Family Growth, United States, 2006--2008

The figure shows primary contraceptive method used among women aged 15-44 years in the United States from 2006 to 2008. During 2006-2008, the most frequent contraceptive methods used among women aged 15-44 years were oral contraception (28%) and female sterilization (27%). Other leading methods were the male condom (16%) and male sterilization (10%), with a smaller number of women using the IUD and the 3-month injectable.

* Women were asked to report up to four contraceptive methods they used during the month of interview. If a woman reported using multiple contraceptive methods during the month of interview, the most effective method was considered her primary method. If she used only one contraceptive method, that was considered her primary method.

95% confidence interval.

§ Other methods include other hormonal implants and injectables, contraceptive patch or ring, emergency contraception, diaphragm, foam, rhythm or periodic abstinence, withdrawal, and other methods.

Intrauterine device.

During 2006--2008, the most frequent contraceptive methods used among women aged 15--44 years were oral contraception (28%) and female sterilization (27%). Other leading methods were the male condom (16%) and male sterilization (10%), with a smaller number of women using the IUD and the 3-month injectable.

Source: Mosher WD, Jones J. Use of contraception in the United States: 1982--2008. Vital Health Stat 2010;23(29). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_23/sr23_029.pdf.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows primary contraceptive method used among women aged 15-44 years in the United States from 2006 to 2008. During 2006-2008, the most frequent contraceptive methods used among women aged 15-44 years were oral contraception (28%) and female sterilization (27%). Other leading methods were the male condom (16%) and male sterilization (10%), with a smaller number of women using the IUD and the 3-month injectable.



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