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Women’s Preferences for Contraceptive Methods

A look at racial and ethnic differences

High rates of unintended pregnancy among minority women may be due in part to differences in contraceptive feature preferences when compared with white women. This according to a study of 1,783 women in family planning and abortion clinics across the US in which participants reported the contraceptive features they considered to be “extremely important.” Study results found:

• Non-Hispanic Black, Latinas and Asian Pacific Islander women were more likely to report being able to stop using the method at any time, using a method only with intercourse, and the method not changing her menstrual periods, when compared to non-Hispanic Whites.

• Non-Hispanic Black and Latina women were statistically more likely to report protection against STDs, having control over when and whether to use the method, and being able to become pregnant after stopping use as extremely important.

• The contraceptive feature preferences of racial and ethnic minority women had a relatively lower match with high efficacy methods and higher match for low efficacy compared to white women.

Citation: Jackson AV, Karasek D, Dehlendorf C, Foster DG. Racial and ethnic differences in women’s preferences for features of contraceptive methods. [Published online ahead of print December 28, 2015]. Contraception. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2015.12.010.