Contraception helps women avoid unwanted pregnancies–but it has wider benefits, too. Studies have shown that access to contraception improves all sorts of economic and social outcomes. Oh, and according to a new study out of Johns Hopkins, it also leads to more sex.
The Hopkins study relied on data from health surveys given to more than 210,000 women in 47 countries across the globe, all of whom were either married or cohabiting with a partner. The researchers found that women who reported using contraception were three times more likely to be having regular sexual intercourse than those who didn’t.
As a woman of childbearing age, it’s pretty easy for me to understand why. But if you don’t get it, study leader Suzanne Bell, a doctoral student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, will spell it out for you: “We want women to have better, healthier, safer sex lives by separating sex from pregnancy and childbearing. Contraception does that.”
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