Tubal Ligation Most Common Birth Control Method Used by U.S. Women

Female sterilization (tubal ligation) is the most common method of birth control relied on by women in the United States, a new government report says.

That's followed by the birth control pill, long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) such as intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants, and male condoms, CNN reported.

Data gathered between 2015 and 2017 from more than 5,500 women in the National Survey of Family Growth showed that nearly 65 percent of respondents aged 15 to 49 said they used some sort of contraception in the month they were surveyed.

Tubal ligation was the most common method of contraception (18.6 percent), followed by the birth control pill (12.6 percent), LARCs (10.3 percent), and male condoms (8.7 percent), CNN reported.

Male sterilization (vasectomy) was relied on by 5.9 percent of women, while the birth control shot Depo-Provera and the contraceptive ring or the patch accounted for 3.2 percent of birth control methods.

All other methods of birth control were used by 5.6 percent of women, CNN reported.

The findings were published Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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