National Survey of Family Growth

Key Statistics from the National Survey of Family Growth - C Listing

 

Childlessness

Percent distribution of women aged 15-49 by childlessness status:

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
Not childless (1 or more births) 58.1% (1.21)
Childless (0 births) 41.9%(1.21)
Voluntarily childless
(expect none, physically able to have children)
      7.6% (0.57)
Nonvoluntarily childless
(expect none, physically unable to have children)
      3.3% (0.41)
Temporarily childless
(expect 1 or more children)
     31.0% (1.13)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Cigarette smoking

     In the last 12 months

Percent distribution of women and men 15-49 years of age by smoking experience in last 12 months (12 months prior to interview):

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
Women Men
Never smoked at least 100 cigarettes in lifetime 70.9% (1.49) 64.0% (1.42)
Ever smoked at least 100 cigarettes in lifetime, but not in last 12 months 10.3% (0.68) 13.2% (0.75)
Smoked in last 12 months 18.8% (1.41) 22.9% (1.19)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

     During most recent pregnancy

C Listing Tables
Women’s most recent pregnancy ending within 5 years of interview in 2015-2017 (if most recent pregnancy did not end in abortion)
Percentage of women 15-49 years of age who smoked during their pregnancy
11.6% (1.26)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Cohabitation with the opposite sex

     Currently cohabiting

Percentage of women and men 15-49 years of age who are currently cohabiting with an opposite-sex partner:

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
Women
13.2% (0.89)
Men
11.9% (0.83)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

      Ever cohabited

Percentage of women and men 15-49 years of age who have ever cohabited with an opposite-sex partner:

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
Women
56.9% (1.82)
Men
52.1% (1.54)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Condom use

      Condom use at first sex

Percentage of women and men 15-49 years of age reporting condom use at first sex:

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
Women 15-49 years of age who ever had sexual intercourse
55.1% (1.62)
Men 15-49 years of age who ever had sexual intercourse
64.9% (1.68)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Percentage of female and male teenagers 15-19 years of age reporting condom use at first sex:

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
Females 15-19 years of age who ever had sexual intercourse
63.4% (4.53)
Males 15-19 years of age who ever had sexual intercourse
82.4% (2.86)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

      Consistency of condom use

Consistency of condom use (during the prior 4 weeks) among unmarried women and men 15-49 years of age who ever used a condom and who had sexual intercourse during the 4 weeks prior to interview:

C Listing Tables
Women Men
None of the time
67.1% (1.95)
51.3% (2.18)
Some of the time
7.8% (0.96)
15.1% (1.78)
Every time
25.0% (1.73)
33.6% (1.86)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Contraception

     Ever use of contraceptive methods

Percentage of women who have ever used the specified contraceptive method (among women 15-49 who have ever had sexual intercourse):

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
Any method of contraception 99.2% (0.23)
Male condom 94.0% (0.63)
Pill 80.5% (0.98)
Withdrawal 65.9% (1.29)
3-month injectable (Depo-ProveraTM) 24.2% (1.22)
Female sterilization 21.5% (1.42)
Calendar rhythm, Standard Days, or Cycle Beads 18.3% (1.10)
Male sterilization 14.7% (0.99)
Emergency contraception 22.0% (0.96)
Contraceptive patch   8.7% (0.63)
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) (Intrauterine device or contraceptive implant) 23.5% (1.00)
                                Intrauterine device (IUD)   18.9% (0.87)
                                Contraceptive implant     5.6% (0.50)
Natural family planning1   3.5% (0.50)

1Refers to safe period by temperature or cervical mucus test.

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

     Current use of contraceptive methods

Percentage of women 15-49 years of age using specified contraceptive method in month of interview:

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
Not currently using contraception (currently pregnant, postpartum, trying to get pregnant,
not having sex, etc.)
35.1% (1.22)
Percentage using any contraceptive method 64.9% (1.22)
Pill 12.6% (0.71)
Female sterilization 18.6% (1.31)
Male condom   8.7% (0.69)
Male sterilization   5.9% (0.58)
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) (Intrauterine devices or contraceptive implant) 10.3% (0.61)
                              Intrauterine device (IUD)    7.9% (0.50)
                              Contraceptive implant    2.3% (0.33)
Withdrawal   3.9% (0.44)
Depo-ProveraTM   2.1% (0.26)
Calendar rhythm   1.3% (0.25)
Natural family planning   0.2% (0.12)

Notes: Women could be using more than one method in the month of interview. In this table, women are classified roughly according to the one most effective contraceptive method they are using. Additional methods women may be using are not shown here.

Sources:  NCHS Data Brief no. 327pdf icon

     Leading current contraceptive method by marital/cohabiting status

Leading current contraceptive method among women 15-49 years of age by marital/cohabiting status and percentage of contraceptive users using that method:

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
           Never married, not cohabiting Pill (43.7%, (2.28))
         Currently married Female sterilization (36.6%, (2.83))
           Currently cohabiting Female sterilization (30.6%, (3.96))
           Formerly married, not cohabiting Female sterilization (61.7%, (3.77))

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

     Leading method used at first sexual intercourse

Leading contraceptive method used at first intercourse (among men and women 15-49 years of age who ever had intercourse):

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
                                              Women Male condom (55.1%, (1.62))
                                                Men Male condom (64.9%, (1.68))

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

     Method used at last (most recent) sexual intercourse

Contraceptive method used by women 15-49 years of age or their partner at last sexual intercourse (among women who had intercourse within 12 months of interview):

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
   Any method 80.7% (1.09)
   Male Condom 20.9% (1.24)
  Pill 14.6% (0.87)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Contraceptive method used by men 15-49 years of age or their partner at last sexual intercourse (among men who had intercourse within 12 months of interview):

C Listing Tables
2015-2017
   Any method 76.8% (1.02)
   Male Condom 28.3% (1.37)
  Pill 20.2% (1.10)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

  Contraceptive method discontinuation

Percentage of women 15-49 years of age in 2015-2017 ever using specified method who discontinued (stopped) use due to dissatisfaction, and leading reason for discontinuation:

C Listing Tables
Percent discontinued use Leading reason
Condom    8.3% (0.70) Decreased the woman’s

sexual pleasure:             44.4% (3.93)

Pill 34.0% (1.24) Side effects:                    64.4% (2.21)
IUD (Intrauterine device) 33.8% (2.25) Side effects:                    64.2% (4.26)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

 

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