In 1992, more than half of women, 52 percent, were using the pill. But the trend is clearly declining. In 2017 it was only 31 percent. The Federal Statistical Office is now publishing the current figures from the Swiss health survey from 1992 to 2017. According to the study, there is a shift away from the pill to other hormonal contraceptive methods.
Although the use of the pill is declining, the proportion of women using contraception has increased. Between 1992 and 2017, the proportion of women using contraception increased from 54 to 72 percent. According to the Federal Statistical Office, the increase can be seen in all age groups.
Pills as a contraceptive are declining, especially among young women
The use of the pill is declining, especially among women under 35 years of age. (1992: 67 percent, 2017: 45 percent). The decrease goes hand in hand with a greater diversification of the range of contraceptives with new, especially hormonal, contraceptive methods, says the survey and: “At the same time, there were various scandals surrounding the estrogen-progestin pills. Various hormonal contraceptive methods are increasingly becoming an alternative for young women. ”
Younger people use more frequent and double contraception
In general, younger people are more likely to use contraception than older people (88% among 15- to 24-year-old women versus 70% among 45- to 49-year-old women).
Double protection is recommended for teenagers at the beginning of a relationship. 25 percent of 15- to 24-year-old women use double protection, usually a condom plus pill. In Switzerland, most people use condoms (42 percent) and pills (31 percent) to prevent pregnancy.
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