Trends in long-acting reversible contraception use among U.S. women aged 15-44

NCHS Data Brief. 2015 Feb;(188):1-8.


Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), which include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal hormonal implants, are gaining popularity due to their high efficacy in preventing unintended pregnancies. IUD use was more common among U.S. women in the 1970s before concerns over safety led to a decline in use (1); however, since approval of a 5-year contraceptive implant in 1990 and redesigned IUDs, there has been growing interest in the use of LARCs for unintended pregnancy prevention. Using data from the 1982, 1988, 1995, 2002, 2006–2010, and 2011–2013 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), this report examines trends in current LARC use among women aged 15–44 and describes patterns of use by age, race and Hispanic origin, and parity.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Continental Population Groups
  • Contraceptive Agents, Female / administration & dosage*
  • Drug Implants / administration & dosage*
  • Drug Utilization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intrauterine Devices / statistics & numerical data*
  • Parity
  • United States
  • Young Adult


  • Contraceptive Agents, Female
  • Drug Implants