U.S. Women’s Use of Long-Term Birth Control Increases

By: Rachael Rettner, LiveScience Senior Writer
Published: 12/11/2014 02:46 AM EST on LiveScience

The percentage of U.S. women who are using long-term methods of birth control — such as devices implanted in the uterus or under the skin — has nearly doubled in recent years, according to a new report.

The report found that 7.2 percent of U.S. women ages 15 to 44 reported using long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), such as intrauterine devices (IUDs), in the month they were asked the question during 2011 to 2013. That’s up from 3.8 percent who said the same in the period from 2006 to 2010, said Kimberly Daniels, a co-author of the report and a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The use of LARC was more common among women ages 25 to 34 — about 11 percent of women in this age group used LARC, compared with about 5 percent of women who were either younger or older. [Birth Control Quiz: Test Your Contraception Knowledge]

Overall, 62 percent of U.S. women ages 15 to 44 reported using some type of contraception in the month when they were interviewed during the 2011 to 2013 period. The most common —> Read More Here


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