Contraceptive Access in Iowa

Fact Sheet

Contraceptive Access in Iowa

A map of Iowa highlighting the contraceptive deserts by county.

Nearly 20 million U.S. women with low incomes live in contraceptive deserts—counties in which there is not reasonable access to a health center offering the full range of contraceptive methods. Of those 20 million women, roughly 1.6 million women live in counties without a single health center that offers the full range of contraceptive methods.

These access barriers put women already struggling to make ends meet at risk of not being able to get the birth control method right for them. These women might face additional transportation costs, child care costs, and unpaid time off work because of the long distances they need to travel to access care.

January 2020

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