Contraceptive Technology Update asked two researchers involved in a new study about female (internal) condom use to answer some questions about the use of this contraceptive method in the United States.
Female (internal) condoms were hailed as a method that gave women control over their disease protection. But one factor was overlooked: Women’s reproductive health decisions are influenced by male partners.
A recent analysis of national data indicates that from 2011-2015, 23.8% of women and 33.7% of men ages 15-44 used a condom at last sexual intercourse. Of those who used condoms, about 60% of men and 56% of women relied on condoms alone for pregnancy prevention.
New data from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicate the percentage of high school students who are currently sexually active has been decreasing since 1991, with it dropping from 38% in 1991 to 30% in 2015.
Family planning providers are seeing an increase in adolescent use of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods. Efforts to improve LARC access to adolescents seeking contraception at Title X service sites have increased their use.