Medicine: The Pill's Eclipse

Sterilization is now No. 1

Name the most popular form of birth control in the U.S. No, not the Pill. According to a report issued last week by the National Center for Health Statistics, the Pill has been superseded by male and female sterilization. About 22% of women using contraception have had tubal ligations or hysterectomies, and 11% of men have had vasectomies. Only 29% of women using birth control rely on the Pill.

The findings are based on interviews conducted in 1982 and 1983 with 7,969 women, ages 15 to 44; the results were compared with earlier surveys. The Pill, which was...

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