Demographic Trends in Tubal Sterilization: United States, 1970-1978

DeStefano, Frank; Greenspan, Joel R.; Ory, Howard W.; Peterson, Herbert B.; Maze, Joyce M.; Smith, Jack C.
May 1982
American Journal of Public Health;May82, Vol. 72 Issue 5, p480
Academic Journal
In the period 1970-1977, an estimated 4,236,000 women 15-44 years of age had tubal sterilization operations in United States hospitals. Both the number and the rate of tubal sterilizations increased each year from 1970-1977, but in 1978 both declined. Tubal sterilization rates for Black women were higher than for White women. Black women also tended to be younger at the time of tubal sterilization. For the nation as a whole, the mean age at the time of tubal sterilization remained constant at about 30 with the youngest age group having the highest proportion of never-married women.


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