Are you currently sexually active, or are thinking about becoming sexually active? If you are, there are many things to consider, one of which is your chances of becoming pregnant.
If you plan to use condoms or another form of birth control, how reliable will those be? One problem with much “family planning” advertising is that they often tout statistics for perfect use – meaning the method is used exactly as intended and/or prescribed, every single time. But, we know that this often doesn’t happen. The Center for Disease Control gives the following statistics on the failure rate of popular methods, based on typical use:
Male condoms – 18%
Female condoms – 21%
Withdrawal method – 22%
Sponge – 24%
Injectable birth control – 6%
Birth control pill – 9%
Patch birth control – 9%
Ring birth control – 9%
Diaphragm – 12%
Some people may also mistakenly believe that having sex even just one time without using any form of birth control will be fine and will not result in an unplanned pregnancy. But that simply isn’t true. Additional research shows that out of 100 couples having unprotected sex each year, the following will happen:
- 20 women will get pregnant the first month
- 70 will be pregnant within 6 months
- 85 will be pregnant within a year
- 90 will be pregnant within 18 months
- 95 will be pregnant within two years
There is no surefire way to avoid pregnancy, other than abstaining from sexual intercourse, and the many types of birth control do not protect from sexually transmitted diseases. Many of these methods also rely on precise use in order to be effective.
If you believe you may be pregnant, and are unsure of what to do, call Options for Women today at 863-393-6988. We can help!