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Current contraceptive status among women aged 15–49 : United States, 2017–2019
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    Data from the 2017–2019 National Survey of Family Growth • In 2017–2019, 65.3% of women aged 15–49 in the United States were currently using contraception. • The most common contraceptive methods currently used were female sterilization (18.1%), oral contraceptive pills (14.0%), long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) (10.4%), and the male condom (8.4%). • Use of LARCs was higher among women aged 20–29 (13.7%) and 30–39 (12.7%) compared with women aged 15–19 (5.8%) and 40–49 (6.6%). • Current condom use was higher among Hispanic women (10.5%) and non-Hispanic black women (11.0%) compared with non-Hispanic white women (7.0%). • With higher education, female sterilization declined and use of the pill increased. Nearly all women use contraception in their lifetimes (1), although at any given time, they may not be using contraception for reasons such as seeking pregnancy, being pregnant or postpartum, or not being sexually active. Using data from the 2017–2019 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), this report provides a snapshot of current contraceptive status, in the month of interview, among women aged 15–49 in the United States. In addition to describing use of any method by age, Hispanic origin and race, and education, patterns of use are described for the four most commonly used contraceptive methods: female sterilization; oral contraceptive pills; long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), which include contra-ceptive implants and intrauterine devices; and the male condom. Suggested citation: Daniels K, Abma JC. Current contraceptive status among women aged 15–49: United States, 2017–2019. NCHS Data Brief, no 388. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2020. CS320389 db388-H.pdf
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    Key findings -- In 2017–2019, approximately 65% of women aged 15–49 were currently using contraception. -- Female sterilization, the pill, the male condom, and LARCs were the most common methods women reported currently using in 2017–2019. -- Current use of female sterilization, the pill, the male condom, and LARCs varied by age. -- Current use of the pill and the male condom varied by Hispanic origin and race. -- Current use of female sterilization, the pill, and LARCs varied by educational attainment while male condom use did not. -- Summary -- Definitions -- Data source and methods -- About the authors -- References -- Suggested citation.
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