Contraception is a form of behaviour which traditional morality considered improper and which still carries a taboo. The respectable citizen does not do it. If he does, he keeps silent about it. It is hardly surprising that public opinion polls have shown a far from small proportion of various populations to be against contraception, and in superficial studies a large proportion claim not to use it. Experience accumulated in empirical investigations indicates that finding out that contraception is fairly universal, and that in the given circumstances it is also socially useful to limit and plan births, has an extremely reassuring effect on the average person. It has more psychological than scientific value to demonstrate that contraception is a population-wide problem.


Married Woman Open Interval Modern Method Birth Interval Oral Contraception 
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