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Contraceptive Use by Women, 15 to 44 Years Old: 1982, 1995, and 2002

The following table shows the number and percent of women using contraception and not using contraception in the United States in 1982, 1995, and 2002, according to marital status and type of contraception.

 All women2002
Contraceptive status and method198219952002Currently
All women (in thousands)54,09960,20161,56128,3275,57021,5686,096
Using contraception55.7%64.2%61.9%72.9%72.5%44.0%64.4%
 Female sterilization12.917.8 16.721.718.44.435.3
 Male sterilization 6.1 7.0 5.711.
 Pill 15.6 17.3 18.917.224.121.812.3
 Implant, Lunelle, or Patch1n.a.0.9
 3-month injectable (Depo-Provera) n.a.1.9
 Intrauterine device (IUD)4.0 0.5
 Diaphragm4.5 1.2
 Condom 6.7 13.1
 Periodic abstinence:       
  Calendar rhythm 1.8 1.3
  Natural family planning0.3 0.2
 Withdrawal1.1 2.0
 Other methods22.7 1.1
Not using contraception44.335.838.127.127.556.035.6
 Surgically sterile (female)6.3 3.0
 Nonsurgically sterile (female or male) 1.2 1.7
 Pregnant or postpartum 5.0 4.6
 Seeking pregnancy4.2 4.0
Other nonuse3       
 Did not have intercourse19.5 17.1
 Had intercourse7.4 5.2
 All other nonuse40.7 0.2
NOTE: Percents may not add to 100 because of rounding.
1. 1995 percentage only includes Norplant implant.
2. Includes Today sponge, cervical cap, female condom, and other methods.
3. In the three months before interview.
4. Includes male sterility of unknown origin and other small groups, not shown separately.
Source: Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics, No. 350, Dec. 10, 2004, Centers for Disease Control.

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