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  • Percentage of all women 15-44 years of age in 2011-2013 who are currently relying on vasectomy (male sterilization) as a birth control method: 5.1% (3.1 million)

Source: NCHS Data Brief No. 173, Figure 2 [PDF 639 KB]

Main reason for operation

Among women ages 15-44 years who report their husband's or partner's vasectomy within the past 5 years, percent distribution by main reason for the vasectomy:

20021 2006-20102
She had all the children she wanted 47.0%38.8%
Her husband or cohabiting partner had all the children he wanted 36.4%42.3%
Medical reasons 5.0%4.8%
Problems with other methods of birth control 0.5%3.1%
Some other reason 11.1%11.1%


1Series 23, No. 25, Table 73 [PDF - 4.7 MB]

2Special tabulation by NCHS

Note: This item cannot be updated with sufficient statistical reliability using 2011-2013 data. It will be updated when 4 years of data are available, covering 2011-2015.

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