Virtually all sexually experienced women in the United States have used at least one form of contraception in their lifetimes, according to a report released by the CDC earlier this year. And the most commonly used contraception is the pill with 4 out of 5 women using it at some point in their lives.
But of the 45 million women who have ever used the pill, 30% discontinued use because of dissatisfaction. And almost half of the women using other hormonal contraception methods such as Depo-Provera (46%) and the contraceptive patch (49%) discontinue use due to dissatisfaction.
Why Are Women Dissatisfied with Hormonal Contraception?
According to the CDC report, the #1 reason women give for being dissatisfied with their hormonal contraception is “side effects”. 63% of pill users, 74% of Depo-Provera users, and 45% of contraceptive patch users who discontinue use specifically cited side effects as their reason for stopping.
What Are the Implications?
Research shows that women are especially vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies when they are transitioning between birth control methods. The fact that women are likely to switch from these methods means that they need to be counseled appropriately and given a range of family planning options to find one that best fits their lifestyles.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Health Statistics, Contraceptive Methods Women Have Ever Used: United States, 1982 – 2010, February 2013