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Table 2 Stated reasons for choosing the contraceptive pill and condoms as methods of contraception

From: Current methods and attitudes of women towards contraception in Europe and America

  UK Germany Spain Italy USA
The contraceptive pill,% (n=144)a (n=202)a (n=107)a (n=158)a (n=83) a
Reliable in preventing pregnancy 90 90 85 87 83
Easy to use 75 69 64 53 81
Comfortable for me 56 64 64 54 60
Recommended by doctor 53 56 62 61 64
Inexpensive 44 9 24 6 43
No preparation required 44 42 50 23 53
Male Condoms (n=77)a (n=65)a (n=144)a (n=115)a (n=61)a
Reliable in preventing pregnancy 70 58 76 56 70
Minimal or no side effects 58 55 67 53 75
Easily available 57 65 64 40 80
Protects against sexually transmitted diseases 53 60 64 40 54
Causes fewer health concerns than other methods 49 57 60 42 67
Easy to use 48 58 67 50 75
  1. aNumber of women responding to the question.