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Couples Using Contraception May Have More Sex

Update Date: Feb 01, 2016 10:39 AM EST

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health surveyed national health scenarios in 47 countries and compiled information for 210,000 women. They found that 90 percent of women who used contraceptives agreed that they experienced sex in the last month, compared to 72 percent who did not use them, according to Reuters.

"Contraception is a tool that can separate sex from pregnancy," said study author Suzanne Bell. "That can transform the role of sex in a relationship from just procreation to also enjoyment," according to scienceworldreport.

The women most likely to have sex between the ages of 20 and 29 years also had more education, and postponed having children for two years, according to Bustle.

"If women are not using contraception because they are having infrequent sex, my hope is that these women still have access to quality information, counseling, and commodities for the full range of contraceptive methods," Bell says. "Family planning is not one-size-fits-all, and women's preferences or willingness to accept the risk associated with unprotected sex may vary across time and partners. I would hope women have access to quality family planning counseling and services to ensure that they can meet their sexual and contraceptive needs."

The findings were presented at the International Conference on Family Planning.

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