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How women in Germany use contraception – and who pays for it

How do women in Germany use contraception – and who pays for it? Tikbow wanted to find out from its readers and asked them to vote. Participation was overwhelming, with more than 36,000 votes cast. The result? The pill is no longer as popular as we thought. And who pays for the contraceptive in question is also surprising.

For a long time, the birth control pill was considered the contraceptive par excellence. But in recent years, criticism of the hormone pill has grown louder and louder. With some success: alternative methods are now gaining ground. This was the result of a large-scale Tikbow survey in which over 36,204 votes* were cast on contraception.

Birth control pill no longer the only alternative

Das Ergebnis der Umfrage überrascht: Zwar greifen noch 21 Prozent aller ausgewerteten Stimmen zur Anti-Baby-Pille, 24 Prozent setzen aber bereits auf alternative Methoden wie Kupferspirale und -kette, Hormonspirale, Vaginalring oder die Temperaturmethode. 23 Prozent überlassen die Distribution hingegen komplett ihren Partner*innen und drei Prozent gaben an, sterilisiert zu sein. Noch erstaunlicher: Ganze 29 Prozent der abgegebenen Stimmen verhüten gar nicht.

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A third of women pay for contraception themselves – and alone – for the contraception.

In most cases, contraception is also a question of cost: hormonal contraceptives, such as the birth control pill, require a prescription and are only covered by health insurance up to the age of 22. Those who use non-hormonal contraceptives such as condoms or licks, on the other hand, have to pay for them privately from the start.

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The majority of women still pay for their contraceptive method themselves. 33 percent said they pay for their favorite method themselves, 13 percent say their partner pays for it, and only 26 percent actually share the cost of contraception with their sex partner.

*Hinweis zur Methodik: An dem Voting "Wie verhüten Frauen in Deutschland?" konnte pro Endgerät (Computer, Smartphone, etc.) für jede Distributionsmethode nur einmal abgestimmt werden. Die Umfrage ist nicht repräsentativ und endete am 20. Juli 2021.