Table 2

Prevalence of usual contraceptive method use in the last year by sociodemographic and lifestyle characteristics: Natsal-3

Characteristics
Total
Denominator* (weighted/unweighted)Most effective: sterilisationMost effective: LARCEffectiveLeast effectiveNo method used
% (95% CI)% (95% CI)% (95% CI)% (95% CI)% (95% CI)
4528 to 31848.9 (7.8 to 10.2)14.3 (13.0 to 15.6)35.3 (33.7 to 37.0)23.9 (22.4 to 25.5)17.5 (16.3 to 18.9)
Sociodemographic
Age (years)
 16–17244 to 1180.014.5 (10.5 to 19.7)47.5 (40.8 to 54.2)33.2 (26.9 to 40.0)4.9 (2.8 to 8.3)
 18–19353 to 1850.012.3 (9.0 to 16.6)56.0 (50.2 to 61.5)25.8 (21.1 to 31.1)5.9 (3.8 to 9.1)
 20–24928 to 5440.3 (0.1 to 1.0)13.7 (11.3 to 16.4)50.4 (46.7 to 54.0)24.1 (21.0 to 27.5)11.5 (9.4 to 14.1)
 25–291162 to 5772.9 (2.1 to 4.0)13.2 (11.0 to 15.7)44.9 (41.7 to 48.1)23.8 (20.8 to 27.1)15.2 (13.0 to 17.7)
 30–34702 to 4474.0 (2.7 to 6.0)14.2 (11.5 to 17.4)36.3 (32.6 to 40.1)24.0 (20.6 to 27.7)21.6 (18.5 to 25.0)
 35–44892 to 107418.5 (15.8 to 21.6)15.4 (13.0 to 18.2)20.8 (18.1 to 23.7)22.6 (19.8 to 25.7)22.7 (20.0 to 25.6)
Ethnicity
 White3990 to 27729.9 (8.6 to 11.2)14.4 (13.1 to 15.8)37.3 (35.5 to 39.0)22.3 (20.8 to 24.0)16.1 (14.8 to 17.5)
 Asian/Asian-British214 to 1812.9 (1.0 to 8.0)8.7 (5.3 to 13.9)12.0 (8.0 to 17.6)41.2 (34.1 to 48.7)35.2 (28.0 to 43.1)
 Black/Black-British122 to 944.1 (1.1 to 13.4)18.9 (12.1 to 28.3)21.6 (14.2 to 31.4)32.5 (23.1 to 43.5)23.0 (15.4 to 32.8)
 Mixed/other193 to 1321.4 (0.4 to 4.8)15.4 (9.9 to 23.3)35.7 (28.2 to 44.0)27.0 (20.2 to 35.1)20.5 (14.8 to 27.5)
Religion
 None2597 to 17208.7 (7.3 to 10.4)14.4 (12.9 to 16.1)39.2 (37.1 to 41.3)22.0 (20.1 to 23.9)15.7 (14.1 to 17.4)
 Christian1656 to 125310.2 (8.4 to 12.4)14.5 (12.5 to 16.8)33.2 (30.7 to 35.8)24.3 (21.9 to 26.9)17.6 (15.5 to 19.9)
 Muslim136 to 1091.3 (0.2 to 8.5)14.4 (8.8 to 22.8)13.7 (8.2 to 22.0)35.1 (26.9 to 44.4)35.5 (27.1 to 45.0)
 Hindu55 to 380.06.3 (1.7 to 20.3)10.9 (4.6 to 23.7)52.3 (38.4 to 65.8)30.5 (19.2 to 44.8)
 Other76 to 607.7% (3.1 to 18.1)9.6% (3.8 to 22.3)23.5 (15.5 to 34.0)31.2 (20.6 to 44.2)28.0 (17.6 to 41.3)
Academic qualification†
 No academic qualifications369 to 2419.9 (6.5 to 14.7)16.0 (12.1 to 20.8)25.7 (20.9 to 31.3)17.6 (13.6 to 22.5)30.8 (25.3 to 36.8)
 Qualifications typically gained at age 16 years1512 to 107715.2 (12.8 to 17.9)15.4 (13.4 to 17.7)33.6 (30.9 to 36.4)18.0 (15.7 to 20.4)17.8 (15.6 to 20.2)
 Studying for/attained further academic qualifications2415 to 17165.5 (4.3 to 6.9)12.9 (11.3 to 14.7)38.6 (36.5 to 40.7)27.5 (25.4 to 29.7)15.5 (13.9 to 17.3)
Index of Multiple Deprivation
 1–2 (Least deprived)1566 to 11749.8 (8.0 to 12.0)13.3 (11.4 to 15.4)37.2 (34.5 to 39.9)24.6 (22.2 to 27.2)15.1 (13.1 to 17.4)
 3895 to 6429.5 (7.1 to 12.5)14.8 (12.2 to 17.8)36.3 (32.9 to 40.0)23.2 (20.1 to 26.7)16.1 (13.5 to 19.2)
 4–5 (Most deprived)2068 to 13697.9 (6.4 to 9.8)14.8 (13.0 to 16.9)33.3 (30.9 to 35.8)23.7 (21.5 to 26.1)20.3 (18.2 to 22.5)
Relationship status
 Married1408 to 133715.4 (13.3 to 17.9)14.6 (12.5 to 16.9)23.0 (20.8 to 25.5)24.1 (21.6 to 26.8)22.9 (20.5 to 25.4)
 Cohabiting, not married1023 to 7276.3 (4.6 to 8.7)14.7 (12.3 to 17.4)41.9 (38.4 to 45.5)21.6 (18.8 to 24.6)15.5 (13.1 to 18.2)
 Previously married115 to 698.4 (3.7 to 18.0)22.0 (14.6 to 31.9)21.2 (14.7 to 29.6)12.7 (7.9 to 19.8)35.6 (25.5 to 47.2)
 Never married1972 to 10472.5 (1.6 to 3.8)13.1 (11.4 to 14.9)47.3 (44.7 to 49.8)26.0 (23.7 to 28.5)11.1 (9.6 to 12.7)
Sexual and reproductive health
STI in last year
 No2554 to 17508.2 (6.8 to 10.0)12.1 (10.6 to 13.7)35.6 (33.5 to 37.7)25.6 (23.6 to 27.7)18.5 (16.8 to 20.4)
 Yes100 to 553.7 (0.7 to 18.3)9.0 (4.9 to 15.9)53.1 (42.7 to 63.2)22.7 (15.1 to 32.5)11.5 (6.2 to 20.4)
Frequency of vaginal sex in last 4 weeks (n)
 0791 to 5305.1 (3.2 to 7.9)12.6 (10.1 to 15.7)31.7 (27.9 to 35.6)25.3 (22.0 to 28.9)25.3 (22.0 to 29.1)
 1–41923 to 14159.3 (7.6 to 11.2)13.1 (11.3 to 15.0)33.0 (30.7 to 35.4)27.2 (24.9 to 29.7)17.4 (15.4 to 19.7)
 5–91012 to 71310.9 (8.4 to 13.9)16.8 (14.3 to 19.7)38.1 (34.8 to 41.4)20.1 (17.4 to 23.1)14.1 (11.7 to 17.0)
 10+772 to 5049.2 (6.7 to 12.5)15.6 (12.6 to 19.0)42.3 (38.1 to 46.5)19.2 (15.8 to 23.1)13.8 (11.1 to 16.9)
Children (n)
 02075 to 13161.1 (0.7 to 1.8)10.0 (8.6 to 11.7)48.6 (46.2 to 51.1)27.2 (24.9 to 29.5)13.0 (11.4 to 14.9)
 1934 to 5913.3 (2.0 to 5.4)13.9 (11.3 to 16.9)31.4 (28.1 to 34.9)23.7 (20.7 to 27.0)27.7 (24.4 to 31.3)
 2+1520 to 127719.6 (17.1 to 22.3)18.7 (16.5 to 21.2)23.4 (21.2 to 25.9)20.8 (18.4 to 23.3)17.5 (15.4 to 19.8)
  • *Denominator women <45 years who had vaginal sex in the last year, not pregnant.

  • †Ages >16 years.

  • LARC, long-acting reversible contraceptive; STI, sexually transmitted infection.