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Impaired fecundity

NOTE: The difference between impaired fecundity and infertility: In the report cited below, "infertility" is presented only for married couples and refers only to problems getting pregnant. "Impaired fecundity" is presented for all women, regardless of marital status, and includes problems getting pregnant and problems carrying a baby to term.

 

  2002 2006-2010
Percent of women 15-44 years of age (of all marital statuses) who have impaired fecundity (i.e., who are not surgically sterile, and for whom it is difficult or impossible to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term) 11.8% 10.9%

Sources:

Series 23, No. 25, Table 67 [PDF - 4.7 MB]

NHSR No. 67, Table 1 [PDF - 324 KB]

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Percent of currently married, childless women 15-44 years of age who have impaired fecundity by current age:

  20021 2006-20102-3
Total 15-44 years 25.3% 21.2%
15-29 years 17.3% 11.0%
30-34 years 24.5% 14.2%
35-39 years 33.9% 39.3%
40-44 years 42.8% 47.1%

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 25, Table 68 [PDF - 4.7 MB]

2NHSR No. 67, Table 1 [PDF - 324 KB]

3NHSR No. 67, Table 4 [PDF - 324 KB]

 

Contraceptive Implants

Hormonal contraceptive implant use among women 15-44 years of age who have ever had sexual intercourse, 2002 and 2006-2010:

  20021 2006-20102
Percentage of women who have ever used hormonal implant contraceptives 2.1% 1.9%

1Includes NorplantTM. Source: Series 23, No. 25, Tables 53  [PDF - 4.7 MB]
2Includes NorplantTM or ImplanonTM. Source: NHSR No. 62, Table 1

 

  20021 2006-20102
Percentage of women who have ever used hormonal implant contraceptives who discontinued (stopped) use 41.6% 33.0%

1Includes NorplantTM. Source: Series 23, No. 25, Tables 66  [PDF - 4.7 MB]
2Includes NorplantTM or ImplanonTM. Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Leading reason for discontinuing (stopping) NorplantTM use, 2002: side effects (70.6%)
Source: Series 23, No. 25, Tables 66  [PDF - 4.7 MB]

 

Infertility

NOTE: The difference between impaired fecundity and infertility: In the report cited below, "infertility" is presented only for married couples and refers only to problems getting pregnant. "Impaired fecundity" is presented for all women, regardless of marital status, and includes problems getting pregnant and problems carrying a baby to term.

 

  20021 2006-20102
Percent of all married women 15-44 years of age who are infertile (i.e., who are not surgically sterile, and have had at least 12 consecutive months of unprotected sexual intercourse without becoming pregnant) 7.4% 6.0%

 

Percent of currently married, childless women 15-44 years of age who are infertile by current age:

  20021 2006-20102
Total 15-44 years 16.6% 14.0%
15-29 years3 11.0% 8.1%
30-34 years 16.9% 9.1%
35-39 years 22.6% 24.7%
40-44 years 27.4% 29.7%

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 25, Table 69 [PDF - 4.7 MB]

2NHSR No. 67, Table 4 [PDF - 324 KB]

3Special tabulation for 2006-2010

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Infertility services

  20021 2006-20102
Percent of women 15-44 years of age who have ever received any infertility services 11.9% (7.3 million) 11.9% (7.4 million)

 

Percent of women 15-44 years of age who have ever received infertility services, by type of service:

  20021 2006-20103
Advice 6.1% 6.5%
Medical help to prevent miscarriage 5.5% 4.9%
Tests on woman or man 4.8% 5.1%
Ovulation drugs 3.8% 4.0%
Artificial insemination 1.1% 1.2%

 

Percent of childless women 15-44 years of age who have ever received any infertility service, by current age:

  20021 2006-20103
Total 15-44 years 7.1% 6.5%
15-29 years 2.9% 3.2%
30-34 years 17.3% 15.3%
35-39 years 15.2% 20.1%
40-44 years 29.1% 24.0%

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 25, Table 97 [PDF - 4.7 MB]

2 NHSR No. 73 Table 1 [PDF - 318 KB]

3Special tabulation by NCHS

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Injectable contraceptives

See also Contraception

Injectable contraceptive use among women 15-44 years of age, 2006-2010:

  • Depo-ProveraTM (3-month injectable)
    • Percentage of women who have ever used Depo-ProveraTM  among those who have ever had sexual intercourse: 23.2%1
    • Percentage of all women currently using Depo-ProveraTM: 2.3%2
    • Percentage of women who ever used Depo-ProveraTM who discontinued (stopped) use: 45.8%1
    • Leading reason for discontinuing (stopping) Depo-ProveraTM: side effects (74.0% of those who stopped using it)1
  • LunelleTM (1-month injectable)2
    • Percentage of women who have ever used LunelleTM among those who have ever had sexual intercourse: 1.6%1

Sources:

1NHSR No. 62, Tables 1 and Table 5 [PDF - 251 KB]

2NHSR No. 60, Table 1 [PDF - 443 KB]

 

Intended pregnancy

 

Births reported by females

Percent of births that were intended, mistimed, or unwanted by the mother (births in the 5 years before the interview):

  1982 1988 2002 2006-2010
Intended (i.e., pregnancy that the mother wanted to have when she became pregnant) 63.5% 60.9% 65.1% 62.9%
Mistimed (i.e., pregnancy that the mother wanted to have but it occurred too soon) 26.7% 26.7% 20.8% 23.3%
Unwanted (i.e., pregnancy that the mother did not want ever) 9.8% 12.4% 14.1% 13.8%

Source: NHSR No. 55, Table 1 [PDF - 417 KB]

 

Births reported by males

Percent of births that were intended, mistimed, unwanted by the father (births in the 5 years before the interview:

  20021 2006-20102
Intended (i.e., pregnancy that the father wanted to have at approximately the time partner became pregnant) 65.2% 62.5%
Mistimed (i.e., pregnancy that the father wanted to have but it occurred too soon) 24.8% 26.1%
Unwanted (i.e., pregnancy that the father did not want ever) 8.6% 10.3%

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 26, Table 8 [PDF - 3.5 MB]

2Special tabulation by NCHS

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IUD (intrauterine device)

See also Contraception

IUD use among women 15-44 years of age 2006-2010:

  • Percentage of women who have ever used an IUD among those who have ever had sexual intercourse: 7.7%1
  • Percentage of all women currently using an IUD: 3.5%2

Source:

1NHSR No. 62, Tables 1 [PDF - 251KB]

2NHSR No. 60, Table 1 [PDF - 443 KB]



 

 

 

 

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