Do You Know How Effective Your Birth Control Really Is?

How protected against pregnancy are you with the pill? The answer may surprise you.

So in a perfect world, the pill is 99.7% effective. Like you take the pill at the same exact time every day, never miss a pill, never take any antibiotics or over the counter supplements kind of perfect. Honestly, not very many people are so perfect about taking their pill. I know I sure as hell am not perfect at it.

According to Options for Sexual Health, the average effectiveness of the pill is about 92%. This goes the same for the patch and the Nuvaring for those who were curious. 92%!!! And the more you forget, the less effective it becomes (obviously).That is much lower than the 99.7% that most companies advertise. I mean, they aren’t lying to us. In a perfect world, we would see a 99.7% effective rate, but it is just not realistic.

So that means around 8 out of 100 people will wind up getting pregnant even though they thought they were protected on the pill. How big of a shock that must be.

There are more effective methods for preventing pregnancy include the shot and IUD’s, mostly because they reduce most human error. So if you are looking for a more foolproof method, I would highly suggest talking to your doctor about switching methods.

While switching to the shot or an IUD may seem like the feasible option in this situation, there are side effects to both methods. The shot has been known for rapid weight gain and is not a good alternative for those with depression caused by hormonal birth controls. The IUD has a bit more flexibility in options, including a nonhormonal IUD, but some doctors will not allow young females who have multiple partners to get an IUD. There have also been several horror stories that came out of IUD’s that get “lost.”

If you choose to stick with the pill, there is no problem with that! The chances of getting pregnant on the pill are still significantly lower than using methods such as diaphragms, spermicide, or sponge. If you forget to take a pill, simply just use a backup method. The most common backup method would be male condoms. Other options include withdrawal (pull out), female condoms, or cervical cap.

It’s honestly up to you and your partner to decide which methods are right for you. Just remember that one method alone will not protect you 100% and there is ALWAYS room for error. So, remember to stay protected to prevent pregnancy!

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