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Table 5 Women’s perceptions about the pill, patch and ring after counseling a

From: Women’s perceptions and reasons for choosing the pill, patch, or ring in the CHOICE study: a cross-sectional survey of contraceptive method selection after counseling

  Women who selected specified method   Women who did not select specified method
Perception statement Method Strongly agree/agree n (%) Strongly disagree/disagree n (%) No opinion/do not know n (%) Missing (n) Method (%) Strongly agree/agree (%) Strongly disagree/disagree (%) No opinion/do not know (%) Missing (n)
Prevents pregnancy effectively Pill 8969 (95.7) 92 (1.0) 309 (3.3) 74 Pill 8263 (90.2) 222 (2.4) 680 (7.4) 178
Patch 1284 (84.7) 11 (0.7) 221(14.6) 33 Patch 10525(63.6) 469 (2.8) 5546(33.5) 698
Ring 4837 (89.1) 13 (0.2) 580 (10.7) 110 Ring 8348 (66.2) 270 (2.1) 3986(31.6) 643
Many side effects Pill 2351 (25.2) 3941 (42.3) 3029 (32.5) 123 Pill 4258 (46.5) 2344 (25.6) 2564 (28.0) 177
Patch 151 (10.1) 649 (43.4) 696 (46.5) 53 Patch 2429 (14.7) 3435 (20.9) 10610 (64.4) 764
Ring 361 (6.7) 2861 (52.9) 2182 (40.4) 136 Ring 1335 (10.6) 3200 (25.5) 8038 (63.9) 674
Can be dangerous for your health Pill 1704 (18.3) 4528 (48.7) 3073 (33.0) 139 Pill 3000 (32.8) 3092 (33.8) 3045 (33.3) 206
Patch 119 (7.9) 804 (53.7) 574 (38.3) 52 Patch 1575 (9.6) 6082 (37.0) 8760 (53.4) 821
Ring 339 (6.3) 3276 (60.7) 1785 (33.1) 140 Ring 956 (7.6) 4824 (38.4) 6774 (54.0) 693
Easy to use Pill 8627 (92.5) 214 (2.3) 489 (5.2) 114 Pill 6293 (69.2) 1473 (16.2) 1334 (14.7) 243
Patch 1318 (87.7) 34 (2.3) 151 (10.1) 46 Patch 9248 (56.4) 1779 (10.8) 5382 (32.8) 829
Ring 4188 (77.5) 149 (2.8) 1067 (19.7) 136 Ring 4257 (33.9) 2568 (20.5) 5716 (45.6) 706
Easy to forget Pill 4894 (52.7) 2457 (26.5) 1931 (20.8) 162 Pill 7140 (78.3) 983 (10.8) 998 (10.9) 222
Patch 229 (15.3) 860 (57.6) 405 (27.1) 55 Patch 4716 (28.7) 4635 (28.2) 7073 (43.1) 814
Ring 713 (13.3) 3179 (59.2) 1475 (27.5) 173 Ring 2532 (20.2) 4072 (32.6) 5902 (47.2) 741
Regular menstrual bleeding Pill 8274 (88.8) 221 (2.4) 825 (8.9) 124 Pill 7571 (82.9) 405 (4.4) 1155 (12.7) 212
Patch 1063 (70.7) 31 (2.1) 410 (27.3) 45 Patch 8177 (49.9) 431 (2.6) 7789 (47.5) 841
Ring 4064 (75.5) 86 (1.6) 1233 (22.9) 157 Ring 6003 (47.9) 346 (2.8) 6180 (49.3) 718
Protects against cancer Pill 2686 (28.9) 1542 (16.6) 5076 (54.6) 140 Pill 2687 (29.5) 1495 (16.4) 4941 (54.2) 220
Patch 358 (23.9) 204 (13.6) 938 (62.5) 49 Patch 2735 (16.7) 2458 (15.0) 11231 (68.4) 814
Ring 1457 (27.0) 645 (11.9) 3299 (61.1) 139 Ring 1920 (15.3) 1896 (15.1) 8725 (69.6) 706
Many women use it Pill 8361 (89.3) 82 (0.9) 920 (9.8) 81 Pill 7455 (81.3) 256 (2.8) 1454 (15.8) 178
  Patch 413 (27.4) 185 (12.3) 910 (60.3) 41 Patch 1744 (10.6) 4154 (25.2) 10584 (64.2) 756
  Ring 1316 (24.4) 706 (13.1) 3379 (62.6) 139 Ring 1310 (10.4) 2756 (21.9) 8514 (67.7) 667
  1. aPercentage of women who strongly agreed/agreed with statement, had ‘no opinion’ of statement, strongly disagreed/disagreed with statement, or ‘did not know’ about statement related to the pill, patch, or ring. Women’s perceptions are included for those who chose and did not choose the stated method. Women who did not choose the stated method could have chosen another method or were undecided. Data in this table are restricted to women who chose a particular method and those who chose a method other than the listed method.