Status: Baseline only
Increase the proportion of sexually active adolescent females who use a most or moderately effective method of contraception at last intercourse
Baseline: 24.1 percent of sexually active females aged 15 to 19 years used a most or moderately effective method of contraception at last intercourse, as reported in 2015-17
Target: 36.8 percent
Data Source: National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), CDC/NCHS
The most effective way to prevent pregnancy — other than not having sex — is to use hormonal birth control or an intrauterine device (IUD) in addition to a condom. But many sexually active adolescent girls didn’t use hormonal birth control or an IUD the last time they had sex. Evidence shows that a variety of programs that teach adolescents about the effects of unprotected sex can help increase effective birth control use.
Workgroup: Family Planning Workgroup