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QuickStats: Primary Contraceptive Methods Among Women Aged 15–44 Years — United States, 2002 

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In 2002, the most frequent contraceptive method among women aged 15–44 years was oral contraception. Other leading methods were female sterilization and the male condom. A smaller, but significant, number of women were using the newer, long-acting hormonal methods, including injectables, implants, and the patch. Additional information is available at

[CDC. CDC MMWR Weekly, 18February05 / 54(06);152 Use of contraception and use of family planning services in the United States, 1982–2002. Available at]

For a look at Natural methods of birth control, visit, or these pages:

The Effectiveness of the Creighton Model Ovulation Method in Avoiding and Achieving Pregnancy
“Use Effectiveness of the Creighton Model Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning”; Fehring, Richard J.; Lawrence, D.; and Philpot, D., Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Vol. 23, No. 4 . May 1994. pp. 303-309
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Natural Family Planning Research Database