Gaps in good birth control

TWO-thirds of Australian women of reproductive age report currently using contraception.

The recently published Reproductive and Sexual Health in Australia report 1 highlights that oral contraception remains the most common method (up to 34%), followed by condoms (23%), vasectomy (11%) and tubal ligation (8.6%).

By contrast, the least used are intrauterine methods (3%) and the contraceptive implant (3%). Withdrawal is reported by 2.4% of women and the proportion reporting they had ever used emergency contraception is 27%. 

While limitations to the data are