Use of Long-Acting Birth Control Surges Among U.S. Women

From The New York Times,

“The share of American women on birth control who use long-acting reversible methods like intrauterine devices and implants has nearly doubled in recent years, the federal government reported Tuesday.

The share of women on birth control who use the devices rose to 11.6 percent in the period from 2011 to 2013, up from 6 percent in 2006 to 2010, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The share is still smaller than for the pill (26 percent) or condoms (15 percent), but it is the fastest-growing method. In 2002, just 2.4 percent of women on birth control in the United States used the long-acting methods.

…About 62 percent of women in the United States use birth control, according to the report, which draws on data from a nationally representative federal survey.

The use of long-acting birth control was driven by a surge in the use of intrauterine devices. About 10.3 percent of women on birth control reported using those devices in 2011 to 2013, and about 1.3 percent used implants.”

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