A recent review published in BMJ entitled Pregravid contraceptive use and fecundability: a prospective cohort study shows the global figures of these drugs and devices. In 2019, 22% of women in the world used contraceptives. In the United States, that percentage was 35% between 2015 and 2017. In Europe and the United States, the most widely used methods are oral contraceptives and preservatives, although the use of long-acting contraceptives is increasing. These include intrauterine devices and injectables. Between 2015 and 2017, 13% of North Americans used long-acting contraceptives; in Europe in 2019, this percentage was 9%. The study concluded that “Use of some hormonal contraceptive methods was associated with delays in return of fertility, with injectable contraceptives showing the longest delay.” A relevant issue due to the western infertility crisis.
We regret in the aforementioned study the lack of a reference of the objective medical and abortion risks of some of the referred contraceptives (read HERE).