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Native Teen Voices:  Birth Control

CondomsOf those who reported they were sexually experienced, 84% of the males and 86% of the females aged 16-18 reported having ever used birth control.  Of interest was that females, aged 13-15, reported the greatest frequency of planning ahead to use birth control (100% reported usually or always planning ahead in this age range).

Ever used birth control
Planned ahead to use birth control
Methods of birth control

 


Ever used birth control 


Those who had ever had sex (n=88) were asked, “Have you ever used birth control when you had sex?” 
Five respondents did not answer this question.
  • Graph: Ever used birth controlFemales aged 16-18 (n=21) were the most likely to report ever using birth control (85.7%)
  • Females aged 13-15 (n=16) were the least likely to report ever using birth control (50%)
  • The older males (n=31) were more likely to report ever using birth control (83.87%) than younger males (n=15) were (66.67%)

 



Plan ahead to use birth control
Those who had reported having sex in the last three months (n=62) were asked, “How often do you plan ahead to use birth control?” 
Youth were given four response options.  Twelve respondents did not answer this question.

  • Graph: Plan ahead to use birth controlFemales aged 13-15 were the most likely to report always planning ahead to use birth control (80%)
  • Males aged 16-18 were the most likely of all groups to report never planning ahead to use birth control (17.4%)
  • All females aged 13-15 reported either usually or always planning ahead to use birth control

 

 

 




Birth control methods 
   
Youth who reported having sex in the last three months (n=62) were asked, In the last 3 months, which methods of birth control did you or your partner use?”
 Youth were given ten birth control options to chose from and instructed to “Mark ALL methods that you or your partner used in the past 3 months.”

 

Females

Males

13-15

16-18

13-15

16-18

Birth Control Pills

2.4%

19.4%

5.3%

16.2%

Condom

9.5%

41.9%

18.4%

54.1%

Contraceptive Patch

0%

3.2%

0%

0%

Depo-Provera Shot

0%

12.9%

0%

8.1%

Morning After Pill/ Emergency Contraception

0%

0%

0%

0%

Rhythm

2.4%

3.2%

0%

0%

Spermicidal Foam, Jelly, Cream, or Insert

0%

0%

0%

0%

Withdrawal

0%

9.7%

2.6%

16.2%

None

2.4%

3.2%

0%

5.4%

Other

0%

0%

0%

2.7%

  • Among all youth, condoms were the most commonly reported method of birth control used in the past three months
  • Females aged 16-18 reported birth control pills as the second most commonly used birth control method in the last three months (19.4%)
  • Males aged 16-18 were most likely to report using no birth control in the last three months (5.4%)
  • No youth reported ever using either the morning after pill/ emergency contraception or spermicidal foam/ jelly/cream/insert

 

 
 
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