The most popular forms of contraception include, oral contraception, followed by condom use, and vasectomy – but are they the most effective?
Very few women use long-acting reversible contraception, such as contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs), which are the most effective in preventing pregnancy, reports ABC news.
The effectiveness of different contraceptives ranges from more than 99 per cent (less than one pregnancy per 100 women in one year) to 76 per cent (up to 24 pregnancies per 100 women in one year).
That’s because many contraceptive methods are affected by human error, such as forgetting to take the pill, or putting a condom on incorrectly.
Birth control may be highly effective with “perfect use” (when it is used correctly all the time), but significantly less effective as “typically used” (what generally happens in real life).
With no method of contraception, 85 per cent of women in their 20s will become pregnant within 12 months.
What is your preferred contraception?