The pill is the first method of contraception chosen by young women aged 15 to 24. But they are less numerous to have recourse to it than 6 years ago.
On May 9, 1960, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the marketing of the first contraceptive pill. But it was not until 1967 that this means of contraception was authorized in France. Today, the pill is the most widely used method of contraception in France. It is also the first method of contraception mentioned by young women aged 15 to 24 (94% of them mention it spontaneously) according to a survey carried out by BVA in partnership with the Effik et solutions laboratory.
According to this survey of 700 young girls aged 15 to 24, the pill is the first method of contraception they use (44%) followed by the condom (21%) and the withdrawal of the partner before ejaculation (9%) . On the other hand, a third of them (31%) do not use a means of contraception, including 59% of 15-19 year olds.
A slight drop in the pill in favor of the IUD
However, by comparing the use of contraceptive methods between 2016 and 2022, we discover that the contraceptive pill is gradually giving way to the IUD, even if it remains the main method of contraception used. Six years ago, about 60% of women aged 15 to 24 took it; they are 56% today. A stoppage of the pill motivated by fears for health but also by the many side effects: 9% believe that they did not resolve (or even disturbed) their cycle disorders, 9% that it modified the state of their skin , 8% that it was incompatible with tobacco and 6% that it completely stopped their periods.
It should be noted that women on the pill associate it less with side effects (27%) unlike women on other methods of contraception (47%).
The pill is not just a contraceptive
If one out of two young women aged 15 to 24 uses the pill as a means of contraception, this is not the only motivation for the others. 38% take it to regulate their cycle, 38% to reduce period pain, 21% to have lighter periods, 21% to reduce the effects of acne and 7% to stop menstruating.
However, not all users, especially young people, know the differences between the different generations of pills. Note that 4 out of 10 young women do not know what differentiates them. And if 86% of young girls believe they are well informed about contraception, more than 1 in 2 young women (56%) would like to receive additional information about contraception.
Source : State of play and knowledge of Contraception Related to New Trends, ECLAT-BVA 2022 study. Quantitative survey carried out via the internet from February 18 to 28, 2022.
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