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Knowledge Gaps Remain in Ten Year Review of Sexuality and Contraception in Canada

Contraception has changed a lot in the past decades – but a new survey of Canadian women shows unintended pregnancies still remain high - at about 61%. And, in spite of the dozens of options now available to men and women, the birth control pill, condoms and withdrawal are still the top three contraception methods.

Preliminary results from the national survey were unveiled this morning at the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s (SOGC’s) Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference. It compared data collected in a 2006 survey with the same survey in 2016. The report looks at trends, attitudes, and behaviours related to sexuality and contraception among over 3,200 Canadian women. Some of the findings remain consistent:

  • Most women are not aware of the many contraception options that exist;
  • Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) are one of the most effective methods available, but most women know very little about them;
  • Women over 30 years old are less likely to use contraception or condoms.

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