Status: Baseline only

  
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Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
24.1 percent (2015-17)

Target:
36.8 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

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

Increase the proportion of sexually active adolescent females who use a most or moderately effective method of contraception at last intercourse

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance

Summary

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.