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Birth control methods used by U.S. college students as of fall 2019

This statistic presents the percentage of college students in the U.S. who had used select methods of birth control as of fall 2019. According to the data, about 21 percent of college students had used the withdrawal method as a form of birth control the last time they had vaginal intercourse.

Percentage of U.S. college students that used select methods of birth control as of fall 2019

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

Fall 2019

Number of respondents

17,549 students

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

58 schools

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Please indicate which of the following method(s) you or your partner used to prevent pregnancy the last time you had vaginal intercourse. (Please select ALL that apply) (only includes students who used a method of pregnancy prevention the last time they had vaginal intercourse)."

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