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Contraceptive Efficacy

In addition to issues with respect to accessing contraception, low income women have higher rates of contraceptive failure.[3] A large population based survey in the United States showed that the contraceptive failure rate in low income women was 17%, compared with 9% in women with higher incomes. The study found 12 month failure rates as high as 32% for cohabitating women under 20 living in poverty who were using the oral contraceptive pill.[3]


Can you think of some reasons why contraceptive failure rates are higher in low income women?


3. Fu, H, Darroch, JE, Haas, T and Ranjit, N. Contraceptive failure rates: New estimates from the 1995 National Survey of family growth. Family Planning Perspectives 1999;31:56-63.

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