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Use of Contraception at First Intercourse

J Womens Health; ePub 2016 Feb 26; Patel, et al

Access to contraception may be associated with use of a contraceptive method at first intercourse, and increased access to more reliable methods before first sexual experience may be warranted. This according to a study of 9,599 women in a comparison of the National Survey of Family Growth 1995 and 2006 to 2010 databases. Researchers found:

• Of the 9,599 women from the 1995 study, 3,885 women (40%) used contraception at coitarche compared to 4,860 (82%) out of 5,931 women assessed in 2006 to 2010.

• For both time periods, Hispanic women were significantly less likely to use contraception at coitarche when compared to White women.

• In the 1995 study, only women from families with incomes >$50,000 were more likely to use contraception at coitarche, while women from families with income >$20,000 were more likely to use contraception at coitarche in 2006 to 2010.

• Older women at first intercourse were more likely to use contraception.

• For both time periods, women were more likely to use contraception at first intercourse if they used barrier methods as their first form of contraception.

Citation: Patel PR, Lee J, Hirth J, Berenson AB, Smith PB. Changes in the use of contraception at first intercourse: A comparison of the National Survey of Family Growth 1995 and 2006-2010 databases. [Published online ahead of print February 26, 2016]. J Womens Health (Larchmt). doi:10.1089/jwh.2015.5513.