There is an increasing trend in the use of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) among sexually experienced US nulliparous women; however, prevalence of use remains low. This according to results from the 2006-2010, 2011-2013, and 2013-2015 National Survey of Family Growth that examined changes in the prevalence of current LARC use in 7,463 nulliparous women (aged 15 to 44 years) and correlates of use. Researchers found:
- Increases in the prevalence of current LARC use from 2008 to 2012 (0.8% vs 3.8%) and from 2012 to 2014 (3.8% vs 5.7%) were observed among the study group.
- Significant increases were also observed across different subgroups of nulliparous women.
- Maternal age, education, future birth intention, sexual activity, and discontinuation of non-LARC hormonal contraceptives due to dissatisfaction were significant correlates of current LARC use.
Ihongbe TO, Masho SW. Changes in the use of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods among U.S. nulliparous women: Results from the 2006-2010, 2011-2013, and 2013-2015 National Survey of Family Growth. [Published online ahead of print November 17, 2017]. J Womens Health (Larchmt). doi:10.1089/jwh.2017.6609.