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Birth Control

Note: Information provided on this page is for general education only, please seek medical assistance when in doubt

Chance of pregnancy during first year of use of different contraceptive (birth control) methods

Birth Control Methods Failure Rate
Typical use Perfect use
No birth control 85% 85%
Combination pill 9% 0.30%
Condom (female) 21% 5%
Condom (male) 18% 2%
Copper IUD 0.80% 0.60%
Depo Provera 6% 0.20%
Diaphragm and spermicide 12% 6%
Fertility awareness 24% 0.4 to 5%
Hormonal IUD 0.20% 0.20%
Implant 0.05% 0.05%
Lactational amenorrhea method 0 to 7.5% less than 2%
Patch  9% 0.30%
Progestin-only pill 13% 1.10%
Sterilization (female) 0.50% 0.50%
Sterilization (male) 0.15% 0.10%
Vaginal ring 9% 0.30%
Withdrawal 22% 4%

Birth Control
  Birth Control Overview
  Different method of birth control
  Different contraceptive devices and medications
  Comparison of birth control methods
  Effect on Health
  Effect on family economy

Birth Control Calculators
  Safe Period Calculator
  When is Ovulation (Ovulation Calculator)

Birth Control FAQs
  Birth control and your cycle FAQs
  Birth control and your health FAQs
  Contraceptive Pills FAQs
  Depo Provera (Shot) FAQs
  NuvaRing (Ring) FAQs
  Ortho Evra (Patch) FAQs
  Other Birth Control FAQS
Birth Control Methods
  Emergency contraceptive
  Fertility awareness
  Intrauterine devices
  Lactational amenorrhea

Contraceptive Device & Medications
  Cervical caps
  Contraceptive sponges with spermicide
  Emergency contraceptive
  Implants under the skin
  Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  Oral pills
  Vaginal ring