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Table 3

Reasons women discontinued hormonal contraception because of dissatisfaction among women ages 23–44 who had ever used hormonal birth control

(%)
Too Expensive 2.1 
Too Difficult to Use 2.0 
Too Messy <1.0 
Partner Did Not Like it 1.4 
Experienced Side Effects 59.3 
Worried Might Have Side Effects 8.3 
Worried Method Would Not Work <1.0 
The Method Failed, Became Pregnant 6.2 
Method Did Not Protect Against Disease <1.0 
Other Health Problems 5.3 
Method Decreased Sexual Pleasure 1.0 
Too Difficult to Obtain Method <1.0 
Did Not Like Changes to Menstrual Cycle 5.9 
Other 5.8 
(%)
Too Expensive 2.1 
Too Difficult to Use 2.0 
Too Messy <1.0 
Partner Did Not Like it 1.4 
Experienced Side Effects 59.3 
Worried Might Have Side Effects 8.3 
Worried Method Would Not Work <1.0 
The Method Failed, Became Pregnant 6.2 
Method Did Not Protect Against Disease <1.0 
Other Health Problems 5.3 
Method Decreased Sexual Pleasure 1.0 
Too Difficult to Obtain Method <1.0 
Did Not Like Changes to Menstrual Cycle 5.9 
Other 5.8 

Notes: N = 1,520 women ages 23–44 who had used hormonal contraception and discontinued the pill, the shot, or Norplant because of dissatisfaction. The NSFG did not ask women who discontinued the patch or Lunelle the reason for dissatisfaction because of the small number of women who had ever used and discontinued either method. Data adjusted to account for complex sampling design.

Source: 2002 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG).

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