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CDC finds earlier sex, declining use of family planning services

from Modern Healthcare

The Centers for Disease Control reports use of a number of family planning services by women in their prime child-bearing years dropped across the board in the late 2000s even as the median age for beginning sexual activity dropped to just past 17. Among the 62 million women ages 15 to 44, 70 percent used family planning services such as birth control, pregnancy tests and emergency contraception, down from 73 percent in 2002, according to the latest National Survey of Family Growth. Also falling were use of birth control, birth control counseling and use of the cervical cancer screening Pap test. more


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