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Through a comparison of survey and in-depth interview data reported by a small sample of Filipino women and men, standard survey questions and the standard conceptualizations of pregnancy wantedness are assessed to determine whether they capture respondents' attitudes toward pregnancies and their timing in two areas in the Philippines. The study reveals that more than two-thirds of respondents were completely consistent in their survey and interview responses. Consistency was higher for women than for men, and it improved when a dichotomous measure (intended/unintended) was used rather than a more detailed variable that distinguished between intended, mistimed, and unwanted pregnancies. To the extent that the two data sources disagree, the interview transcripts suggest two possible reasons for inconsistent reports: deference to a spouse's perceived attitude or the respondent's ambivalence toward or ready acceptance of an unintended pregnancy.