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Contraception. 1999 Jan;59(1 Suppl):17S-20S.

Oral contraception: current use and attitudes.

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  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City 84132, USA.


Oral contraception (OC) has been available for almost four decades. During this time, changes in contraceptive use in general and OC in particular have occurred. Knowledge and attitudes about OC may not always reflect trends in use. Contraceptive use data from 1965-1995 show that OC continue to be the method chosen consistently by more than one-quarter of women contraceptors. Probably even more women would use the pill if they had more accurate information regarding the higher failure rates with barrier methods (especially the condom), if misperceptions about OC safety were put to rest, and if greater awareness of the noncontraceptive health benefits of OC could be achieved. Increased education and awareness of women as well as their healthcare providers has the potential to positively affect future contraceptive use.

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