The real effectiveness of birth control methods

The real effectiveness of birth control methods

There have been many questions and comments on GaG about the effectiveness of various birth control methods.

The attached picture shows some important information for various methods, especially noting the difference between ideal perfect use and realistic typical use.

The chart doesn't mention the pull-out method (coitus interruptus) that many use. Other sources say that is, at best, 50% effective in realistic use. If it were on the chart, the number would be 500 in the Typical Use column.

What does all this mean?

Have sex and use whatever method you want ... and be aware that, whatever method you use, pregnancy is always possible.

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Most Helpful Girls

  • I seriously doubt the failure rate is as high as the typical use figures. I'll guarantee virtually all of those pregnancies are deliberate, either because she wants a baby and he doesn't or she wants to trap a guy. It's very easy not to take your pill and then come up with some bullshit excuse why it didn't work, "Oh it must have been the new toothpaste..." Same as condoms, very easy to bite a hole in the teat during foreplay.

    I know people are going to quote stuff that interacts but your warned about this when they're prescribed and you get a a note in the medicine box so there's no excuse. Any doubt use the safe hole.

    • I'd not recommend/partake not the saf hole, uh uh 😊☔

    • *safe hole, dang it I ruined my own joke comment

    • Interesting the one that relies on a man using it properly has the highest failure rate.

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  • This is why I don't use any birth control. There is a always a risk

    • That's like saying why wear a bulletproof vest because it doesn't work 100% of the time in saving your life?

    • @Juxtapose ib also just like having babies

Most Helpful Guys

  • That why if you don't want kids, castration is the only way because a vasectomy can be medically reversed or it can repair and therefore reverse itself
    Have your testes removed because that can be reversed

    • *Can not be reversed

    • Castration has a load of side effects though… but you’re not wrong

    • I would think removing my testicles could potentially be very harmful to my overall health though. Not to mention probably very painful also

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  • I hardly ever used condoms. I think I was lucky to get away without an unwanted pregnancy or an STD

    • @exitseven I think that's fairly common for people in our age group.

    • Yes, you had to ask the pharmacist for them. I worked as an administrator in a K-12 school system. The nurse in the high school kept a big basket of them outside her office. The kids could just help themselves

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  • My husband has used the pull out method effectively with a cent percent success rate in our 14 years of married life. I think some men have that ability which is indeed appreciative.

  • From age 16 on, every one of my girlfriends were on the pill.
    I estimate that I've came inside women well over 5000 times with never a pregnancy scare.
    Fuck sexually conservative scare tactics.

    • @lliam If I do the math, that's about 100 times a year, or about once every 3 days. Busy, but not ridiculous.

    • It wasn't consistent for 54 years from 16 to 70. For. example, there was about a 5 or 6 year dry spell until I started up again big time at age 34 and made up for lost time. Then I got married when I was nearly 43 and things tapered off (not completely) over the years after she hit menopause.

  • I love my Mirena

  • The pill suits me fine

    • Anal 🍑

  • helpful tnx

  • That’s why I use Mirena!

  • The real effectiveness of birth control methods

    Be safe out there MAGA!

  • I have always used condoms and so far so good

  • Abstenance is by far the best

    • Most people don't find that very appealing.

    • Then they automatically agree to be accountable for all outcomes.

    • Whether or not they agree, they are accountable. If they impregnate a woman and she has a child, they are liable for support until the child is 18.

  • A vascetomy is more effective.

    • ... and it might be reversible.

    • I think the succes rate of being fertile again is over 50% if it happens in 5 years. However, after 10, there's almost no chance. So it is, but no self respecting doctor will perform it unless you go in with the intention of it being permanent.

  • What do you call people who use the pull out method? PARENTS!!!

    • Are they, though?

    • @MGTK7 that’s supposed to be a joke

    • Duh. I got it, just not sure it works (the joke)

  • And this is precisely why people need to be more responsible and stop having reckless premarital sex.

    There’d be far less abortions and STDS also

  • My favorite birth control method is for the girl not to know my real name.