Quick And Important Birth Control Facts

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Quick And Important Birth Control Facts

Reviewed by the Faculty of Harvard Medical School

Quick And Important Birth Control Facts

  • Careful and proper use of birth control dramatically decreases your chance of becoming pregnant.
  • If no birth control is used, there is up to a 10% chance that intercourse will lead to pregnancy.
  • More than 50% of sexually active couples who do not use birth control conceive a child within six months.
  • Over 80% of couples who do not use birth control will conceive a child within a year.
  • 82% of teen pregnancies are unplanned, accounting for an estimated 20% of all accidental pregnancies in the United States each year, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute.
Last updated September 14, 2011


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