Pills Most Popular Birth Control Method

Market for birth control pills alone in Israel totals about NIS 90 million.

Ronny Linder
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Birth control pills are a popular method of contraception in Israel, used by about a quarter of Israeli women (23%), according to a Geocartography Institute survey conducted on behalf of Bayer Schering Pharma. The survey was conducted ahead of International Contraception Day on Friday, with the aim of increasing the use of birth control and promoting sex health awareness and education.

The survey found that the market for birth control pills alone in Israel totals about NIS 90 million - 56% of the entire contraceptives market of NIS 160 million, with about 3 million packets sold here annually. The second most popular birth control used in Israel is the condom, with NIS 40 million in annual sales, followed by intrauterine devices, on which women spend about NIS 11 million every year.

The survey also examined sexual behavior among teens and their mothers. Among other things, it found that Israeli teens had their first sexual encounter at an average age of 17.2, although 13% of all 13-15 year olds surveyed were sexually active. However, among the teens' mothers, the average age of their first sexual encounter was 19.5, and by the age of 15 only 3.2% had had sex.

While the average age of initial sexual activity has fallen, birth control awareness has grown. Whereas 76% of all young women aged 15-24 used birth control the first time they had sex, only 29% of their mothers did the same.

Professor Daniel Zaidman, chairman of the Israeli Contraception and Sexual Health Society, says that more than 20,000 abortions are performed in Israel a year, about 2,000 on underage teens. About 1,800 teens below the age of 18 gave birth last year, 200 of them under the age of 16.

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