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Most Unmarried Men Use Contraceptives

Most Unmarried Men Use ContraceptivesMost unmarried men use some form of contraception during intercourse, but younger men are more likely to do so, according to a recent report from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.

The findings are based on data from 3,707 unmarried men between the ages of 15 and 44 who had had intercourse during the previous three months. The men were participants in the 2011-2015 National Survey of Family Growth, which collects information from American men and women on relationships and reproductive health.

Almost 82% of the unmarried men had used any form of contraception the last time they had sex. Sixty percent said they had used a male method, such as a condom, vasectomy, withdrawal (removing the penis from the vagina before ejaculation). About 45% used condoms, 1% had undergone vasectomy, and 19% used withdrawal.

Overall contraception rates were highest for younger men and declined as men got older. Almost 95% of men between the ages of 15 and 19 used any form of contraception at their last intercourse, and about 87% used a male method. The rates for men aged 35–44 were 72% and 41%, respectively.

Men and women may make contraceptive decisions together. Still, unintended pregnancies are more frequent among unmarried men and women compared to married couples, the report stated.

Do you have questions about contraception? Check out these links for more information:

Facts on Contraceptive Effectiveness

Female Condoms

After Vasectomy, Men Still Have Frequent Sex

Condom Use Errors


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – National Center for Health Statistics

Daniels, Kimberly, PhD, and Joyce C. Abma, PhD

“Unmarried Men’s Contraceptive Use at Recent Sexual Intercourse: United States, 2011–2015”

(August 2017)