Correlates of Dual-Method Contraceptive Use: An Analysis of the National Survey Of Family Growth (2006-2008)

Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2012;2012:717163. doi: 10.1155/2012/717163. Epub 2012 Feb 14.


Objective: To analyze a nationally representative sample of women for correlates of dual-contraceptive-method use.

Materials and methods: We conducted an analysis of the National Survey of Family Growth, 2006-2008, a cross-sectional survey of reproductive-aged women in the United States.

Results: Dual method use was reported by 7.3% of the 5,178 women in the sample. Correlates of higher rates of dual-contraceptive-method use included age younger than 36 years and nonmarried marital status. Lower rates of dual method use were observed for women with less than a high-school education and women without consistent health insurance in the past year. Compared to women using oral contraceptives, use of the contraceptive injection or long-acting reversible contraception was associated with lower dual-method use.

Conclusions: The overall rate of dual-method use in the USA is low. Future interventions to promote dual method use should target high-risk groups with modifiable risk factors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data
  • Contraception / methods*
  • Contraception Behavior*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
  • United States
  • Young Adult