Birth Control and Condom Usage among College Students

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Birth Control and Condom Usage among College Students


Steven R. Murray and Jessica L. Miller, Mesa State College

Birth control methods are associated with the prevention of pregnancy, and condoms are shown to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), both major concerns of college students. This study examined the rate at which college students used "reliable, proven methods" of birth control and condoms when engaged in sexual practices, and the effect of an introductory health course (IHC) on the students' usage rates. Results were derived from questioning 105 undergraduate students (45 men; 60 women) at a Rocky Mountain regional college both before and after an IHC. Students were asked to use one of the following responses-almost never (less than 10% of the time); occasionally (approximately 25% of the time); often (approximately 50% of the time);very often (approximately 75% of the time); or almost always (approximately 90% of the time)-to complete the following statements: If I engage in sexual intercourse T use reliable, proven methods to prevent unwanted pregnancy," and, "If I engage in sexual be havior I use condoms to minimize the risk of spreading or contracting sexually transmitted diseases." Results of the pretest revealed that when students participated in "sexual intercourse," 1.9% almost never, 2.

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