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FP-6 Data Details

FP-6 Increase the proportion of females at risk of unintended pregnancy or their partners who used contraception at most recent sexual intercourse

About the Data

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

National Data Source
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)
83.3 (2006-2010)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of at-risk females aged 15 to 44 years who currently use a method of contraception other than withdrawal and who used a method at last sex other than withdrawal
Number of at-risk females aged 15 to 44 years who had sex in the month of interview
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, or cervical mucus test, or natural family planning
  17. Withdrawal, pulling out
  18. Respondent sterile
  19. Partner sterile
  20. Other method (specify)

Is the reason you are not using a method of birth control now because you, yourself, want to become pregnant as soon as possible?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Many women have times when they are not having intercourse at all, for example, because of pregnancy, separation, not dating anyone, illness, or other reasons. Since (Date), have there been any times when you were not having intercourse at all for one month or more?

  1. Yes
  2. No

What months and years were those?


Date of last (or more recent) sexual intercourse


Century month of interview date


Recode mthuse3 measures whether used any contraceptive method at last sex in past 3 mos


Looking at Card 33, the (last) time you had intercourse with [LAST PARTNER IN PAST 12 MONTHS] in [DATE], did you or he use any method?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Type of sterilization operation "in effect"

  1. Hysterectomy
  2. Vasectomy
  3. Other operation or type unknown
  4. Not surgically sterile

Whether Respondent's Current Husband/Partner is Surgically Sterile at Interview

  1. Yes
  2. No

Now I have a few more questions about your physical ability to have a(nother) baby at some time in the future.

Some women are not physically able to have children. As far as you know, is it physically possible for you, yourself, to have a(nother) baby?

  1. Yes
  2. No

What about (NAME OF CURRENT HUSBAND OR COHABITING PARTNER)? As far as you know, is it physically possible for him to father a baby in the future

  1. Yes
  2. No

Century Month for respondent's most recent completed pregnancy


Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

“At risk” females are those who had intercourse in the 3 months prior to the survey, who were not pregnant, nor seeking pregnancy, nor (themselves or partners) surgically or nonsurgically sterile.

“Currently using” refers to having used any contraceptive method (categories 1, 2, 4 through 16) other than sterilization or withdrawal in the month of the interview.

An unintended pregnancy is one that was not wanted at the time of conception or not wanted at all.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

The original baseline was revised from 83.0 to 83.3 due to a change in the baseline year from 2006-2008 to 2006-2010. The target was adjusted from 91.3 to 91.6 to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.


Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Klein, R.J.; Proctor, S.E.; Boudreault, M.A.; Turczyn, K.M. Healthy People 2010 Criteria for Data Suppression. Statistical Notes No. 24. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2002.