National Survey of Family Growth

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

 

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.

 

20021-2 2006-20101-2 2011-20153
Percentage 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% 12.1% (0.41)

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 25, Table 67 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 4.7 MB]

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

3Special tabulation by NCHS

 

 

Percentage of all women 15-44 years of age who have impaired fecundity by current age:

20021 2006-20102 2011-20153
Total 15-44 years 11.8% 10.9% 12.1% (0.41)
15-29 years 8.4% 8.9% 9.0% (0.57)
30-34 years 14.1% 12.2% 14.0% (1.06)
35-39 years 12.1% 13.9% 15.2% (1.36)
40-44 years 17.9% 12.5% 16.2% (1.24)

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 25, Table 67 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 4.7 MB]

2NHSR No. 67, Table 2 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 324 KB] plus special tabulation by NCHS

3Special tabulation by NCHS

 

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

20021 2006-20102 2011-20153
Total 15-44 years 25.3% 21.2% 23.6% (2.59)
15-29 years 17.3% 11.0% 15.4% (2.47)
30-34 years 24.5% 14.2% 17.9% (3.56)
35-39 years 33.9% 39.3% 40.1% (7.38)
40-44 years 42.8% 47.1% 38.9% (7.02)

Sources:

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

2NHSR No. 67, Table 3 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 324 KB] plus special tabulation by NCHS

3Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Contraceptive Implants

Hormonal contraceptive implant use among women 15-44 years of age who have ever had sexual intercourse, 2002, 2006-2010, and 2011-2015:

20021 2006-20102 2011-20153
Percentage of women who have ever used hormonal implant contraceptives 2.1% 1.9% 3.5% (0.28)

1Includes NorplantTM. Source: Series 23, No. 25, Tables 53 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 4.7 MB]
2Includes NorplantTM or ImplanonTM. Source: NHSR No. 62, Table 1 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 250 KB]
3Includes NorplantTM, ImplanonTM, or NexplanonTM. Special tabulation by NCHS

 

 

20021 2006-20102 2011-20153
Percentage of women who have ever used hormonal implant contraceptives who discontinued (stopped) use 41.6% 33.0% 28.0% (3.32)

1Includes NorplantTM. Source: Series 23, No. 25, Tables 66 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 4.7 MB]
2Includes NorplantTM or ImplanonTM. Source: Special tabulation by NCHS
3Includes NorplantTM, ImplanonTM, or NexplanonTM. Special tabulation by NCHS

 

 

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.

 

 

Percentage 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) by current age:

20021 2006-20102 2011-20153
Total 15-44 years 7.4% 6.0% 6.7% (0.52)
15-29 years 6.3% 5.0% 5.8% (0.92)
30-34 years 8.1% 4.6% 6.3% (1.14)
35-39 years 5.7% 7.8% 6.5% (1.08)
40-44 years 9.4% 6.2% 8.0% (1.31)

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 25, Table 69 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 4.7 MB] Cdc-pdf[PDF – 5 MB]

2NHSR No. 67, Table 4 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 324 KB] plus special tabulation by NCHS

3Special tabulation by NCHS

 

 

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

20021 2006-20102 2011-20153
Total 15-44 years 16.6% 14.0% 14.2% (1.63)
15-29 years3 11.0% 8.1% 8.7% (1.79)
30-34 years 16.9% 9.1% 11.0% (2.86)
35-39 years 22.6% 24.7% 23.0% (4.45)
40-44 years 27.4% 29.7% 26.2% (5.88)

Sources:

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

2NHSR No. 67, Table 4 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 324 KB] plus special tabulation by NCHS

3Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Infertility services

20021

Percent, Number

2006-20102

Percent, Number

2011-20153

Percent (SE), Number

Percentage and number of women 15-44 years of age who have ever received any infertility services 11.9% (7.3 million) 11.9% (7.4 million) 12.0% (0.51), 7.3 million

 

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

20021 2006-20103 2011-20153
Advice 6.1% 6.5% 6.3% (0.38)
Medical help to prevent miscarriage 5.5% 4.9% 5.4% (0.34)
Tests on woman or man 4.8% 5.1% 5.2% (0.36)
Ovulation drugs 3.8% 4.0% 4.2% (0.32)
Artificial insemination 1.1% 1.2% 1.4% (0.19)

 

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

20021 2006-20103 2011-20153
Total 15-44 years 7.1% 6.5% 6.9% (0.59)
15-29 years 2.9% 3.2% 3.6% (0.50)
30-34 years 17.3% 15.3% 13.4% (2.46)
35-39 years 15.2% 20.1% 21.5% (3.73)
40-44 years 29.1% 24.0% 23.7% (4.45)

Sources:

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

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

3Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Injectable contraceptives

See also Contraception

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

  • Depo-ProveraTM (3-month injectable), 2011-2015:
    • Percentage of women who have ever used Depo-ProveraTM (among those who have ever had sexual intercourse): 25.4% (0.80)
    • Percentage of all women currently using Depo-ProveraTM: 2.6% (0.17)
    • Percentage of women who ever used Depo-ProveraTM who discontinued (stopped) use: 47.3% (1.65)
    • Leading reason for discontinuing (stopping) Depo-ProveraTM use, among those who stopped using it: side effects, 72.8% (1.87)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Intendedness of pregnancy

 

Births reported by females

Percentage of births in the 5 years before the interview that were intended, mistimed, or unwanted at conception among women 15-44 years of age:

20021 2006-20101 2011-20152
Intended (i.e., pregnancy that the mother wanted to have when she became pregnant) 65.1% 62.9% 67.1% (1.13)
Mistimed (i.e., pregnancy that the mother wanted to have but it occurred too soon) 20.8% 23.3% 19.5% (0.85)
Unwanted (i.e., pregnancy that the mother did not want ever) 14.1% 13.8% 13.4% (0.86)

Sources:
1NHSR No. 55, Table 1 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 417 KB]
2Special tabulation by NCHS

Note: Information is available for years prior to 2002 in source 1

 

 

 

Births reported by males

Percentage of births in the 5 years before the interview that were intended, mistimed, or unwanted at conception among men 15-44 years of age:

20021 2006-20102 2011-20152
Intended (i.e., pregnancy that the father wanted to have when the partner became pregnant) 65.2% 62.5% 65.0% (1.56)
Mistimed (i.e., pregnancy that the father wanted to have but it occurred too soon) 24.8% 26.1% 24.2% (1.49)
Unwanted (i.e., pregnancy that the father did not want ever) 8.6% 10.3% 10.2% (1.03)

Sources:

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

2Special tabulation by NCHS

 

IUD (intrauterine device)

See also Contraception

IUD use among women 15-44 years of age 2011-2015:

  • Percentage of women who have ever used an IUD (among those who have ever had sexual intercourse): 15.0% (0.63)
  • Percentage of all women currently using an IUD: 6.8% (0.38)
  • Percentage of women who ever used IUD who discontinued (stopped) use: 26.9% (1.73)
  • Leading reason for discontinuing (stopping) an IUD use, among those who stopped using it: side effects, 60.1% (3.70)

Source:  Special Tabulation by NCHS

 

 

 

 

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