Since methods are effective for different lengths of time, you may have difficulty determining if a particular respondent is currently using a method. Current users of the pill should be taking pills daily. Methods such as condoms, vaginal methods and withdrawal are used with each act of intercourse, so current users of these methods will have used them during the most recent acts of intercourse. Other methods provide ongoing protection without daily or regular action by the woman. Contraceptive injections may be administered 3-6 months earlier and still provide protection. Implants protect against pregnancy for up to 5 years. An IUD protects until removed or expelled. If the woman has been sterilized, you will circle 01 for female sterilization. If her current partner has been sterilized, circle 02 for male sterilization. However, if the woman is no longer living with a former partner who had a vasectomy, this should not be noted as the current method.
Do not prompt the woman. If she mentions more than one method, record only the one appearing first on the list provided. If she mentions a method you do not know of, write her description in the space provided ("Other") and circle 14.