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FP-2 Data Details

FP-2 Reduce the proportion of females experiencing pregnancy despite use of a reversible contraceptive method

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
Guttmacher Institute Abortion Provider Survey (APS); Guttmacher Institute
National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
12.4 (2002)
Target-Setting Method
Projection/trend analysis
Number of pregnancies that occur within the first 12 months of reported continuous use of a reversible contraceptive method among females aged 15 to 44 years, and their partners
Number of consecutive months that a reversible contraceptive method was used by females aged 15 to 44 years, and their partners
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth:


Please write the methods you used each month on the calendar. I need to know about all the methods you used, so if you used more than one method, please write down all methods you used that month.

  1. Birth control pills
  2. Condom
  3. Partner's vasectomy
  4. Diaphragm
  5. Foam
  6. Jelly or cream
  7. Cervical cap
  8. Suppository, insert
  9. Today sponge
  10. Female condom, vaginal pouch
  11. IUD, Coil, Loop
  12. Norplant
  13. Depo-provera. Injectables
  14. Morning after pill
  15. Rhythm or safe period by calendar
  16. Safe period by temperature, cervical mucus test, natural family planning
  17. Withdrawal, pulling out
  18. Respondent sterile
  19. Partner sterile
  20. Other method (specify)

How many months or weeks had you been pregnant when the baby was born/that pregnancy ended? [Note: this yields date pregnancy began.]

From the 2001 Abortion Patient Survey:

Before you found out you were pregnant, what was the LAST contraceptive method that you used to prevent pregnancy, including rhythm, withdrawal or condoms?

  1. Pill
  2. Condom, rubber (for males)
  3. Female condom, vaginal pouch
  4. Diaphragm with or without jelly or cream
  5. Sponge (TODAY)
  6. Foam/cream/jelly
  7. Suppository, insert (Semicid, Encara Oval)
  8. IUD, coil, loop
  9. Rhythm/natural family planning
  10. Withdrawal
  11. Norplant, implants in the arm
  12. Depo-Prevera, injectables, shot
  13. Emergency contraception/morning-after pill
  14. Other method (specify)
  15. Never used a method before this pregnancy

In what month and year did you stop using that method?

______/______Month Year

For about how many months in a row had you been using that method?

  1. Less than 1 month
  2. 1 month
  3. 2 months
  4. 3 months
  5. 4 months
  6. 5 months
  7. 6 months
  8. 7 months
  9. 8 months
  10. 9 months
  11. 10 months
  12. 11 months
  13. 12 months
  14. 13 months
  15. 14 months
  16. 15 months
  17. 16 months
  18. 17 months
  19. 18-24 months
  20. 25-26 months
  21. 27-28 months
  22. 29-36 months
  23. 37 or more months (3 or more years)

Had you ever used that method before the months specified above?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Had you stopped using all methods to prevent pregnancy before you became pregnant this time?

  1. Yes
  2. No
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Pregnancies include live births, miscarriages, or induced abortions.

Females are considered to have experienced pregnancy despite use of a reversible method if there was continuous method use (in 12-month intervals) and they became pregnant during a month of use of one or more of the following methods: birth control pills, condom (rubber), diaphragm, foam/jelly/cream, cervical cap, suppository, insert, TodayTM sponge, female condom (vaginal pouch), IUD, coil, loop, Norplant, Depo-provera, injectables, withdrawal (pulling out), rhythm/natural family planning, or emergency contraception/morning-after pill.

NSFG data are adjusted for underreporting of abortions using data from The Guttmacher Institute’s Abortion Patient Survey. Detailed information on adjustment procedure, contraceptive methods and failure rates have been published by The Guttmacher Institute.


Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Kost, K, Singh, S., Vaughan, B., Trussell, J., & Bankole, A. (2008). Estimates of contraceptive failure from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. Contraception, 77 (1), 10-21.