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Table 3 Women’s experiences with their current and previous methods of contraception

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

  UK Germany Spain Italy USA
Satisfaction with current method,% (n=507)a (n=514)a (n=510)a (n=503)a (n=507)a
Very satisfied 53 54 41 27 52
Satisfied 31 33 41 57 26
Neither satisfied or dissatisfied 9 8 7 9 12
Experienced side effects*,%      
Current method (n)a 18 (313) 9 (321) 16 (308) 5 (342) 20 (262)
Previous method (n)a 51 (491) 29 (501) 45 (468) 26 (479) 52 (465)
With contraceptive pill (n)b 78 (258) 79 (148) 87 (217) 87 (131) 81 (244)
With hormone injections (n)b 24 (258) 9 (148) 1 (217) 0 (131) 18 (244)
With implants (n)b 7 (258) 3 (148) 0 (217) 0 (131) 1 (244)
With IUD/IUS (n)b 10 (258) 12 (148) 5 (217) 5 (131) 5 (244)
With vaginal ring (n)b 0 (258) 8 (148) 6 (217) 2 (131) 5 (244)
With transdermal patch (n)b 0 (258) 3 (148) 3 (217) 2 (131) 4 (244)
Common side effects experienced with the contraceptive pill,% (n=202)c (n=117)c (n=189)c (n=114)c (n=198)c
Weight gain 51 44 50 51 45
Mood swings 39 35 30 29 38
Headaches 25 26 32 27 26
Irritability 26 26 21 16 33
Change in libido 24 30 30 7 23
Breast tenderness/enlargement 24 26 26 16 22
Short temper 23 11 20 14 24
Migraines 22 21 17 20 14
Pre-menstrual bloating 22 9 14 15 15
Pre-menstrual syndrome 20 13 10 4 20
  1. *Incidence of side effects with methods not listed was ≤1% in all countries.
  2. aNumber of women responding to the question;
  3. bTotal number of women who experienced side effects either with their current or previous method.
  4. cTotal number of women experiencing side effects, currently or previously, with the contraceptive pill.