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This table provides information about women’s reasons for discontinuing contraception. The table includes all discontinuations in the five years preceding the survey, regardless of whether they occurred during the first 12 months of use or later. The reason given most frequently for discontinuation was the desire to get pregnant (40 percent), followed by side effects or health concerns (17 percent), method failure (8 percent), and desire for a more effective method (7 percent). The other reasons cited by women for
discontinuation were husband’s disapproval (5 percent), infrequent sex or husband’s absence (4 percent), and inconvenience of use (3 percent). Only 2 percent of discontinuations were due to lack of access and to excessive cost. With regard to specific methods, discontinuations of the pill are somewhat more likely than
discontinuations of injectables to be due to method failure or inconvenience of the method. Users of injectables are more likely than pill users to discontinue because of side effects or health concerns with the method and because of a desire to get pregnant.
Percent distribution of discontinuations of contraceptive methods in the five years preceding the survey by main reason stated for discontinuation, according to specific method.