Women age 15 to 24 have extremely high rates of unintended pregnancies, and also experience high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), despite their widespread use of contraceptives. For this reason, family planning advocates have long urged young women to use condoms as well as with other contraceptive methods, because condoms are the only family planning method that also protects against STIs.
In this study, researchers supported by the Population Dynamics Branch assessed the use of condoms combined with other contraceptives among more than 1,000 urban young women. The researchers found that:
The study results suggest that providers may wish to emphasize use of dual protection, and that providing couple-centered counseling may be helpful (PMID: 23260838).
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