Contraceptive and Condom Use


Six out of 10 sexually active high school students used a condom before their last sexual intercourse in 2011.

Rates of teen pregnancy are higher in the U.S. than in other countries.[1] Hormonal methods of birth control (such as the pill) and barrier methods (such as condoms) can reduce the risk of pregnancy,[2] and condom use with every sexual act can greatly reduce—though not eliminate—the risk of STDs.[3] Condom and contraceptive use among adolescents has increased since the 1990s, but many adolescents are inconsistent users: of those who had sex in the past month, almost one in four males and almost four in ten females did not use a condom. [4]

Check out these resources for adolescent contraption and condom use services:

  • Federally funded Title X family planning clinics offer low-cost STD testing and contraceptive services for all who want and need them. By law, priority is given to persons from low-income families.  Adolescents and others can find a Title X funded clinic by zip code.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has a locator service that helps visitors search for testing centers where they can receive STD and HIV testing services, as well as vaccines for Hepatitis B and HPV.

Learn more about contraception and condom use and adolescents:



[1]United Nations Statistics Division. (2011). Demographic Yearbook 2009-2010. New York, NY: United Nations. Retrieved January 22, 2014, from
[2]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Unintended pregnancy prevention: Contraception. Retrieved January 22, 2014, from
[3]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Condoms and STDs: Fact sheet for public health personnel.Washington, DC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved January 22, 2014 from
[4]Martinez, G., Copen, C. E., and Abma, J.C. (2011). Teenagers in the United States: Sexual activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing, National Survey of Family Growth 2006-2010. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital and Health Statistics, 23(31). Retrieved January 22, 2014, from 
Last updated: April 23, 2014