The French pill scare: Towards a new contraceptive model?

Nathalie Bajos, Mylène Rouzaud-Cornabas, Henri Panjo, Aline Bohet, Caroline Moreau

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The media debate in late 2012 and early 2013 on contraceptive pills did not reduce contraceptive prevalence, but the use of oral contraception decreased, falling from 50% in 2010 to 41% in 2013. A portion of women opted for other methods, notably IUDs (among the most educated), condoms, or "natural" methods (among the most disadvantaged). New social inequalities in contraceptive use appeared. The 2013 debate contributed to a diversification of contraceptive practices, although the pill remains dominant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPopulation and Societies
Issue number511
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies


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