Table 2

Reasons women selected the daily pill, weekly patch, or monthly ring after counseling (all countries combined)
Reasons women selected a particular method, n (%)

Pill

(n= 9418)

Patch

(n= 1541)

Ring

(n= 5520)

Daily use 3491 (37.1)
Weekly use 1053 (68.3)
Monthly use 4128 (74.8)
Will not forget it 2044 (21.7) 819 (53.1) 3135 (56.8)
Convenience 4197 (44.6) 1039 (67.4) 3361 (60.9)
Easy to use 6351 (67.4) 1165 (75.6) 3232 (58.6)
My friend uses it 2550 (27.1) 315 (20.4) 1026 (18.6)
I am used to it 3358 (35.7) 80 (5.2) 211 (3.8)
Discrete 2365 (25.1) 1815 (32.9)
Can check it, visible 632 (41.0)
Recommended by my doctor 3140 (33.3) 581 (37.7) 3338 (60.5)
Low hormone levels 2024 (21.5) 498 (32.3)
Steady, low hormone levels 3246 (58.8)
Well-researched method 3720 (39.5)
Still effective if I experience vomiting 671 (43.5) 2721 (49.3)
Still effective with certain antibiotics 1776 (32.2)
Regular menstrual bleeding 6184 (65.7) 694 (45.0) 2719 (49.3)
Low chance of side effects 1881 (20.0) 570 (37.0) 2665 (48.3)
Not dangerous 1748 (18.6) 497 (32.3) 1859 (33.7)
Relief from menstrual pain 4556 (48.4) 343 (22.3) 1383 (25.1)
Relief from acne 2812 (29.9) 122 (7.9) 468 (8.5)
Other 410 (4.4) 39 (2.5) 141 (2.6)

Patch = transdermal patch; pill = combined oral daily pill; ring = vaginal ring; ‘—’ = not asked for particular method; n = number of subjects who selected at least one of the pre-specified reasons; other = other reason not previously specified. Missing responses (number of subjects who did not select any of the pre-specified reasons): daily pill, n = 26; weekly patch, n = 8; monthly ring, n = 20.

Egarter et al.

Egarter et al. BMC Women's Health 2013 13:9   doi:10.1186/1472-6874-13-9

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