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Health Indicator Report of Contraceptive Use: Use of Most-Effective and Moderately-Effective Contraceptive Methods

In 2016, 20.9% of NM females of reproductive age (15-44) in need of publicly supported contraceptive services were served through the network of Medicaid providers, Title X clinics, and the Indian Health Service (IHS) (data from PCCs and FQHCs were not included in this needs assessment, as information on the reason for visit is not collected). Nationally, in 2014, 71% women received contraceptive care from publicly funded Title X clinics.


Most-effective contraceptive methods = sterilization (not offered if client is <18), intrauterine device (IUD), implant Moderately-effective contraceptive methods = oral contraceptive (birth control pill), birth control ring, birth control patch, injectable


The percentage of females who use a most effective or moderately effective contraceptive method is the number of females who use a most- or moderately-effective contraceptive method in the age group per 100 of the age group female client count.


The number of Title X female clients who receive most-effective or moderately-effective contraceptive methods in the age group per year.


The count of Title X female clients in the age group per year.

Healthy People Objective: FP-7.1, Increase the proportion of sexually active females aged 15 to 44 years who received reproductive health services

U.S. Target: 86.7 percent

How Are We Doing?

The use of the most-effective contraceptive methods (sterilization [only available for clients 19 years and older], intrauterine devices [IUDs], and implants) have steadily increased in the Title X population from 9% in 2010 to 27% in 2017 (a 200% increase). The use of the moderately-effective contraceptive methods (injectable, oral contraceptive [birth control pill], contraceptive patch, and contraceptive ring) has been steady since 2012, with rates between 38% and 44%. NM is seeing a steady increase in the use of most and moderately-effective contraception since 2010 (53%) to the current rate of 69% in 2017. In 2017, the <19, the 35-39, the 40-44, and the >44-year-old age-groups all were greater than 70% for the use of most and moderately-effective contraception.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The use of most and moderately-effective contraception in the US Title X population was 55% in 2016, compared to 65% in the NM Title X population.

What Is Being Done?

Confidential reproductive health services are provided at low- or no-cost at county public health offices, statewide, and some community health centers and school-based health centers. Thirty-nine of the 44 public health offices across the state provide the full range of contraceptive methods (including intrauterine devices {IUDs}, implants, and birth control pills). NM Family Planning Program (through the Title X grant) funds 19 provider agreement sites in Bernalillo, Grant, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, and Santa Fe counties, all of which provide the full range of contraceptive methods (including implants and birth control pills).

Available Services

Family planning clinical services offer access to confidential reproductive health services at low or no cost. Confidential clinical family planning services including shared-decision making counseling, birth control and laboratory tests. Find a family planning clinic: BrdsNBz New Mexico offers teens and free, confidential, and accurate answers to sexual health questions via text message in either English or Spanish. A teen texts a question and a trained health educator responds within 24 hours, with an average time of 6 to 8 hours. Teens text NMTeen to 66746 to opt in to the service.

Health Program Information

New Mexico Department of Health Family Planning Program [] Public Health Offices {]
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Content updated: Wed, 8 May 2019 16:05:10 MDT