May 26, 2010

The Pill A Popular Choice Amongst US, Foreign Women

According to the first government report comparing nations, the pill is still the number 1 contraceptive for American women, but it is even more popular in other countries.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday that sterilization is used more in the U.S.

Sixteen percent of married women in the U.S. say they use the pill.  That compares to 29 percent in the U.K. and over 40 percent in the Netherlands and France.

About one in four U.S. married women have been sterilized.  Most of the other six countries said that the rate of women sterilized is just below 10 percent.

The patterns appear to be similar for all women, not just the married ones.

William Mosher, an author of the new report, told the Associated Press that international comparisons are sometimes difficult because some nations only have information on married women.

The U.S. numbers are based on in-person interviews of over 7,300 women of childbearing age nationwide from 2006 through 2008.

The report shows that contraception choices by U.S. women have remained remarkably stable.  The percentage of women using the pill remained at around 17 percent overall, though it is much more popular among women who have never had children.

The rate of sterilization for U.S. women is 17 percent overall, and about a quarter for women that are married.

The U.S. has seen a variety of new contraception options for women in the last decade, including a vaginal ring and a skin patch.  Few than 2 percent of women said they used one of those methods.


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