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- Approximately one half (50.1%) of these teens were not using any method of birth control when they got pregnant, and of these, nearly one third (31.4%) believed they could not get pregnant at the time;
- 21.0% used a highly effective contraceptive method (although less than 1% used one of the most effective methods, such as an intrauterine device [IUD]); but they may have not used it consistently or correctly.
- 24.2% used the moderately effective method of condoms; and 5.1% used the least effective methods, such as rhythm and withdrawal.
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