ACOG: Women think birth control is better than it really is

There’s a good chunk of women who overestimate the effectiveness of the pill and condoms. About 45% of a group of 4,500 women looking to use these methods as a way to not have babies, put too much faith in these anti-baby having products. problem, science says, is that people conflate “ideal use” and “typical use.”

“We need to do a better job of educating the public – women and men – on the failure rates with typical use,” explains researcher David Eisenberg.

So here’s some education, ladies. On the Pill, the pregnancy rate with “typical use” is about 9% per year and using condoms, it’s between 18-21%. A lot higher than you thought, right?

~ The Atlantic Wire, April 27

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