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Contraceptive Use Among Women with Disabilities

Contraception; ePub 2017 Dec 15; Haynes, Boulet, et al

Women with disabilities are sexually active and use contraception at similar rates as women without physical or cognitive disabilities; however, contraceptive use varied by disability type, a recent study found. The study analyzed responses from female questionnaire respondents aged 18 to 50 years to calculate estimates of contraceptive use among women at risk for unintended pregnancy by disability status and type, and adjusted for age, race/ethnicity, marital status, education, health insurance status, and parity. Researchers found:

  • Women with disabilities had similar rates of sexual activity as women without disabilities (90.0% vs 90.6%).
  • Of 5,995 reproductive-aged women at risk for unintended pregnancy, 1,025 (17.1%) reported ≥1 disabilities.
  • Contraceptive use at last intercourse was reported to 744 (70.1%) of women with disabilities vs 3,805 (74.3%) of those without disabilities.
  • Women with disabilities used male or female permanent contraception more often than women without disabilities.


Haynes RM, Boulet SL, Fox MH, Carroll DD, Courtney-Long E, Warner L. Contraceptive use at last intercourse among reproductive-aged women with disabilities: An analysis of population-based data from seven states. [Published online ahead of print December 15, 2017]. Contraception. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2017.12.008.