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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2012, Article ID 717163, 6 pages
Research Article

Correlates of Dual-Method Contraceptive Use: An Analysis of the National Survey of Family Growth (2006–2008)

Division of Clinical Research, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 4533 Clayton Ave, Campus Box 8219, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA

Received 14 April 2011; Accepted 27 October 2011

Academic Editor: Jessica M. Sales

Copyright © 2012 David L. Eisenberg et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To analyze a nationally representative sample of women for correlates of dual-contraceptive-method use. Materials and Methods. We conducted an analysis of the National Survey of Family Growth, 2006–2008, a cross-sectional survey of reproductive-aged women in the United States. Results. Dual method use was reported by 7.3% of the 5,178 women in the sample. Correlates of higher rates of dual-contraceptive-method use included age younger than 36 years and nonmarried marital status. Lower rates of dual method use were observed for women with less than a high-school education and women without consistent health insurance in the past year. Compared to women using oral contraceptives, use of the contraceptive injection or long-acting reversible contraception was associated with lower dual-method use. Conclusions. The overall rate of dual-method use in the USA is low. Future interventions to promote dual method use should target high-risk groups with modifiable risk factors.