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- Medications or procedures that control timing of pregnancies and prevent unintended pregnancies
- Contraception options are divided into two major categories: hormonal and nonhormonal.
- The most effective methods of contraception are vasectomy, female sterilization, and the long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).
- The estimated prevalence of contraception use among women age 15 to 44 years is 61% in the United States (1).
- 49% of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and half of these occur in women using a form of reversible contraception.
- 43% of all unintended pregnancies in the United States result in termination.
- The most commonly used methods were the pill (16.0%), female sterilization (15.5%), condoms (9.4%), and LARCs (7.2%).
Unintended pregnancy: higher rates among women ages 18 to 24 and >40 years, unmarried/cohabitating women, women with less than a college education, and minority women