MPRC Seminar: Recent Trends and Patterns in the Use of Long-Acting Contraception in the United States
About the Presentation
Dr. Eeckhaut will be presenting research examining recent trends and patterns in the use of long-acting contraception—contraceptive sterilization and long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)—in the United States. First, she will describe the prevalence of long-acting contraception in the United States in comparative context based on data from the National Survey of Family Growth and the first wave of the Generations and Gender Project. Second, she will examine persistent and gendered socioeconomic inequalities in US sterilization, and emerging socioeconomic inequalities in US LARC use. Trends in the level and socioeconomic patterning of sterilization regret will also be discussed. Finally, she will consider the imbalance in the use of female versus male sterilization in the US in comparative context, examine the extent to which this imbalance can be explained by differential use of female versus male sterilization outside of marriage, and consider how relationship context at sterilization shapes women’s risk of sterilization regret.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Mieke Eeckhaut is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Ghent University, Belgium, and completed a NICHD F32 postdoctoral fellowship at the California Center for Population Research at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a social demographer her research examines the social and health consequences of social stratification for the family, with current work focusing on inequalities in the use of long-acting contraceptive methods (sterilization, and intrauterine devices and implants) in the United States. Her work has been published in Journal of Marriage and Family, Population Studies, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, European Sociological Review, Fertility & Sterility, International Migration Review, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.