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What were your or your husband's or partner's reasons for not doing anything to keep from getting pregnant? Check all that apply.


I didn't mind if I got pregnant 47.0%
I thought I could not get pregnant at that time 18.8%
I had side effects from the birth control method I was using 15.8%
I had problems getting birth control when I needed it 10.7%
I thought my husband or partner or I was sterile 9.2%
My husband or partner didn't want to use anything 19.8%
Other 17.2%
(n = 366) Denominator is respondents who were not trying to get pregnant when they got pregnant and 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 2002 through March 2003. Child's dates of birth were from 1/1/2002 through 12/31/2002.
  • 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.
*2002 Data collected under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol.

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