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Contraception & Family Planning

How much do you know about the different types of birth control you could use?

Despite the broad range of options available to women for contraception and family planning, our survey of more than 1200 US women between ages 18 and 45 shows that women do not feel knowledgeable about many of these options and have harmful misperceptions about their effectiveness. Our survey also found that many women don’t feel they are able to have in-depth conversations with their health care providers to make well-informed decisions on contraception and family planning.

Only 1 in 4 of the women we talked to were aware that certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) offer family planning and birth control services, despite this being a specialty for the profession. Your midwife can help you choose and prescribe you the method of birth control that's right for you.

Learn More

Read the American College of Nurse-Midwives' press release

Browse key findings from the survey

Peruse the 6-page executive summary of the survey results

Read the original survey questions

Watch our media webinar about the results

View the presentation from our media webinar about the results

Download a PDF with survey graphics

Download Individual jpeg files of Survey Graphics for sharing on the web:

Birth Control Methods: Most Popular By Use graph

Birth Control Methods: Effectiveness Measured by Unintended Pregnancies graph

Commonly Used Birth Control Methods: Popularity vs. Effectiveness infographic

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