CDC Releases New Data on Contraception Use

Use of the most effective methods of contraception has seen a sharp increase in the past decade, according to new data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. After steady rates from the 1980s to early 2000s, from 2006-2013, long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) have grown in popularity among women 15-44. LARCs include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants and are considered the most effective birth control methods, with a higher success rate than the pill and the patch.

According to a relevant study conducted by Guttmacher Institute, rates of unintended pregnancy declined by at least 5% in the majority of states over the same period of time. The drop in rates of unintended pregnancy in the studied states is largely attributed to increased access to evidence-based sex education and affordable family planning care. Significantly, this report revealed that the decrease in rates of unintended pregnancy was in double digits in Colorado, Iowa and Missouri, all states that began campaigns promoting LARC use within the time of the study.

It is so important that we do everything we can to continue this trend. RMC considers increasing access to all methods of preventive family planning a top legislative priority. Our focus is on promoting increased funding of family planning programs nationwide. You can help us with this important goal by making a donation today via our website to help strengthen our legislative and lobbying team!

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