Women in Mexico are more likely to use intrauterine devices, hormonal contraception or be sterilized than women of Mexican origin living in the United States, according to a recent report. The findings, published in the journal Demographic Research, looked at samples from both countries.

Joe Potter, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, coauthored the report. He said Mexico has a national family planning program that makes it easier for people to access contraception in that country.

“For me I think its kind of shameful, pitiful fad that people in the U.S. have less access to contraception than people in Mexico," Potter said "And, I’d like to see the situation improve (and) the barriers to accessing highly effective methods like the IUD, female sterilization and vasectomy removed. Those barriers are substantial.”

The report also suggested women of Mexican origin living here rely on less effective methods of birth control than women living in Mexico.