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January 4, 1941

Birth Control in a Midwestern City

JAMA. 1941;116(1):85. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820010087038

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The author of the three papers reprinted by the Milbank Memorial Fund has made a careful analysis of data from the records in the files of the clinics for birth control operated under the direction of the Cincinnati Committee on Maternal Health. More than 90 per cent of the women had made some attempt to limit their families before their first visit to the clinic and the proportion of couples using contraception increased steadily as marriage lengthened. Before attending the clinic it was found that couples on relief had used contraception for less than 65 per cent of exposures, self-supporting manual workers 75 per cent of exposure and white collar workers more than 85 per cent. Pregnancy rates when contraception of some type was used were significantly lower than when none was used, but the differences were not great. Prior to admission to the clinic these rates were much lower

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