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Why were you or your husband or partner not using any birth control? Check all that apply.


I wanted to get pregnant 62.6%
I didn't think I could get pregnant 11.1%
I had been having side effects from the birth control I used 8.3%
I didn't want to use birth control 10.6%
I didn't think I was going to have sex 5.1%
My husband or partner didn't want to use birth control 6.2%
Other 12.8%
(n = 1,317)
Denominator is respondents who were not using birth control when they got pregnant with their new baby and who chose the responses above.

  • All results are weighted.
  • These results are for surveys that were mailed to mothers from March 2001 through January 2002. Child's dates of birth were from 1/1/2001 through 11/04/2001.
  • The number of respondents (n) is the number of women who chose the responses above.
  • Percents may not add to 100.0 due to rounding.

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