Table 4

Women’s perceptions about the pill, patch, and ring after counselinga
Perception statement Method Strongly agree/agree No opinion Strongly disagree/disagree Do not know Missing
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) (n)
Prevents pregnancy effectively Pill 17232 (93.0) 680 (3.7) 314 (1.7) 309 (1.7) 252
Patch 11809 (65.4) 2941 (16.3) 480 (2.7) 2826 (15.7) 731
Ring 13185 (73.1) 2189 (12.1) 283 (1.6) 2377 (13.2) 753
Many side effects Pill 6609 (35.7) 4699 (25.4) 6285 (34.0) 894 (4.8) 300
Patch 2580 (14.4) 6500 (36.2) 4084 (22.7) 4806 (26.7) 817
Ring 1696 (9.4) 5697 (31.7) 6061 (33.7) 4523 (25.2) 810
Can be dangerous for your health Pill 4704 (25.5) 4837 (26.2) 7620 (41.3) 1281 (6.9) 345
Patch 1694 (9.5) 5086 (28.4) 6886 (38.4) 4248 (23.7) 873
Ring 1295 (7.2) 4637 (25.8) 8100 (45.1) 3922 (21.8) 833
Easy to use Pill 14920 (81.0) 1605 (8.7) 1687 (9.2) 218 (1.2) 357
Patch 10566 (59.0) 3199 (17.9) 1813 (10.1) 2334 (13.0) 875
Ring 8445 (47.1) 3615 (20.1) 2717 (15.1) 3168 (17.7) 842
Easy to forget Pill 12034 (65.4) 2625 (14.3) 3440 (18.7) 304 (1.7) 384
Patch 4945 (27.6) 4712 (26.3) 5495 (30.7) 2766 (15.4) 869
Ring 3245 (18.2) 4428 (24.8) 7251 (40.6) 2949 (16.5) 914
Regular menstrual bleeding Pill 15845 (85.9) 1238 (6.7) 626 (3.4) 742 (4.0) 336
Patch 9240 (51.6) 3618 (20.2) 462 (2.6) 4581 (25.6) 886
Ring 10067 (56.2) 3185 (17.8) 432 (2.4) 4228 (23.6) 875
Protects against cancer Pill 5373 (29.2) 4789 (26.0) 3037 (16.5) 5228 (28.4) 360
Patch 3093 (17.3) 4956 (27.7) 2662 (14.9) 7213 (40.2) 863
Ring 3377 (18.8) 4772 (26.6) 2541 (14.2) 7252 (40.4) 845
Many women use it Pill 15816 (85.4) 1371 (7.4) 338 (1.8) 1003 (5.4) 259
Patch 2157 (12.0) 4757 (26.4) 4339 (24.1) 6737 (37.4) 797
Ring 2626 (14.6) 4713 (26.2) 3462 (19.3) 7180 (39.9) 806

aPercentage of women who strongly agreed/agreed with statement, strongly disagreed/disagreed with statement, and ‘had no opinion’ or ‘did not know’ about statement related to the pill, patch, or ring. Data include all women (i.e. data not restricted to women who selected or did not select a particular method).

Egarter et al.

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

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