September 28, 2012 — In a survey by the Guttmacher Institute, nearly two-thirds of women listed "I can't afford to take care of a baby right now" as a very important reason why they used birth control.
The findings -- detailed in a new study by Guttmacher's Jennifer Frost and Laura Duberstein Lindberg -- confirm that women use birth control for economic stability, to better care for themselves and their families, and to enable them to reach their goals.
Women in the survey were asked to indicate which of 17 possible reasons for using birth control were "very important," "somewhat important," "not so important" or "not applicable" to them. On average, women said seven reasons were very important. This graphic details some of their most common responses.
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