How effective are the different methods of contraception?

Different methods have different effectiveness

No method of contraception is 100% effective. Sometimes contraceptive methods don’t work due to faulty manufacturing, individual biological differences or incorrect use. With this in mind, contraceptives often have two measures of effectiveness: perfect use and typical use. Perfect use refers to the effectiveness of the contraceptive if it is always used correctly. Typical use indicates the effectiveness of the contraceptive, taking into account human error i.e. forgetting a pill, taking a pill at the wrong time, not using a condom correctly, etc.

Here are some of the effectiveness statistics for different contraceptives:



* Natural family planning is where female fertility is monitored over the menstrual cycle. The couple tries to only have sex when fertility is not predicted.


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