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This Map Reveals World’s Go-To Contraception Methods

The map was pieced together using data acquired by the United Nations.

From smart condoms to potential male birth control, there are many of innovative new ways to prevent pregnancy. To get a sense of the family planning aisles around the world, The Independent created an interactive map of the world’s most exotic methods of contraception. And, like the babies they may yield, there are a few surprises.

Using data from the UN’s World Contraceptive Use 2016 report (excluding data prior to 2010), the map shows that Americans are bigger fans of female sterilization than expected. It accounted for 21.3 percent of contraceptive use, making it the most popular next to the pill, at 13.3 percent. According to the CDC, only about 8.2 percent of women relied on men for sterilization.

The Middle East championed the withdrawal method. It was the most popular in Iran, comprising 21.1 percent of contraceptive use. Compared to use rate of 70.10 percent in the U.S., only 57 percent of people in Iran used any method of contraception at all. While the number of births in the U.S. is nearly three times that of Iran’s (4.13 million to 1.3 million, respectively), when broken down by population, Iran’s birthrate exceeds the America’s with 17.89 births per thousand people versus about 13.46 births in the U.S. So, pulling out is probably still as effective as it was in college.

A final family planning tactic worth noting, though rare, is “Lactational amenorrhea method” or LAM — a temporary method that relies on six months of constant breastfeeding. It’s only widespread in Guinea, but if babies had anything to say in the matter it might be more popular. Unfortunately, the map wasn’t all inclusive and such countries as Greece were left off. Guess that explains the overall lack of Trojan sponsorship.

[H/T] The Independent