Contraceptive and Condom Use

Rates of teen pregnancy are higher in the U.S. than in other developed 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: roughly a third  of males and nearly half of females reported that they or their partner did not use a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse.[4]

Check out these resources for adolescent contraception 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 with the Office of Population Affairs tool at the bottom of this page.
  • 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:

Footnotes »

[1]
United Nations Statistics Division. (2014). Demographic Yearbook 2013. New York, NY: United Nations. Retrieved May 4, 2016, from http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/dyb/dyb2013/Table10.pdf.
[2]
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Unintended pregnancy prevention: Contraception. Retrieved May 4, 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/UnintendedPregnancy/Contraception.htm.
[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 May 4, 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/docs/condoms_and_stds.pdf.
[4]
Martinez, G. and Abma, J. C. (2015). Sexual activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing of teenagers aged 15-19 in the United States. Washington, DC: National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved May 4, 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss6304.pdf.
Last updated: September 12, 2016