99% of women ages 15-44 who have ever had intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method in their lifetime.
Contraception prevents unintended pregnancies, allows women with pre-existing conditions to better maintain their health, and reduces the risk of STIs. Contraception is essential to family planning, which has significant benefits for the health of women and their children. Women who plan their pregnancies are able to make behavioral changes that lead to better birth outcomes, including seeking prenatal care during their first trimester and maintaining care throughout their pregnancies. In addition, mothers who are able to delay the conception of their next child for some time after giving birth lower their risk of adverse outcomes, including low birth weight and preterm birth.
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