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Women's Contraceptive Perceptions and Realities Don't Match Up
Date:10/16/2008

ontrol correctly. Yet, when it comes to sex, women using birth control say they worry more about their own or their partner's satisfaction (29 percent) and body image (24 percent) than pregnancy (10 percent) or contracting a sexually-transmitted disease (8 percent).

Twenty-three percent of 18 to 34-year-old women say daily birth control would be most convenient for them, yet 46 percent of women in the same age group who currently use a hormonal contraceptive have more difficulty remembering to use their current method correctly when their daily routine is interrupted.

Of women aged 18 to 34 who currently use birth control, 80 percent use contraception primarily to prevent pregnancy. However, 93 percent of women aged 18 to 34 (both on and off birth control) do not know that half of unintended pregnancies in the United States occur with couples that used some method of birth control.

Another revelation highlighted in the survey data is the degree to which women seek input from people in their lives -- from physicians to their partners, friends and family -- when making decisions about birth control. Sixty-two percent of women indicated they discuss birth control with a potential partner. Women of all ages who currently use, or have previously used hormonal contraceptives, reported that a physician's recommendation was among the top five attributes that are most important to them in choosing a birth control method.

"The findings from this survey signal that while we may be living at a time when women have many contraceptive options and are empowered to make their own informed decisions, many are either dissatisfied with or have concerns about their method," says Dr. Minkin. "Overall, this is a wake-up call for women to evaluate how happy they really are with their current method and recognize that they don't have to settle for the status quo when it comes to birth control options."

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