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NPR recently ran a story about two separate studies by the National Center for Health Statistics. There were some pretty interesting findings. Here’s what they had to say about the first study:
…11 percent of “sexually experienced” women between the ages of 15 and 44 said they had used one of the four brands of emergency contraceptive pills approved by the FDA between 2006 and 2010. In 2002, only four percent said they had.
The survey, which is the first of its kind to look specifically at use of the pills, also found that most women aren’t using them as a substitute for regular birth control.
…Users of emergency contraception were most likely to be between age 20 and 24 (23 percent), never married (19 percent) and have at least some college education.
The second study, based on the same set of data, showed that 99.1% of women of reproductive age in 2006 to 2010 and who had ever had sexual intercourse used at least one form of contraception at least once in their lives – this included methods such as periodic abstinence and withdrawal.