2013 Polling Data

Contraception Calling: Why Aren't More Young Women Listening?

Contraception Calling

Why do so many young women say they don’t want to get pregnant and yet use birth control so sporadically? Why don’t more young women who are trying to avoid pregnancy use the most effective methods of contraception? What causes them concern? What are the barriers to better use? What kinds of feelings do they associate with using birth control? Why do single young women who are not trying to get pregnant not try harder to avoid it? The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy teamed up with Cosmopolitan magazine—often considered the bible for sexually active, single, young women—to examine these very issues. The results presented here are from a nationally representative survey conducted by TRU, a worldwide leader in research on teens and twenty-somethings. This online survey was administered in March 2013 to more than 1,000 unmarried women, age 18-29, none of whom have had children, all of whom have had sex, and none of whom are trying to get pregnant.

Publication date: December 2013

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