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How effective are condoms, really? Don't want another baby!

How effective are condoms, really? Don't want another baby!

I read something yesterday that condoms are only 87% effective? I can’t recall where I read this, and wondering if this is true? And if it’s true, is it true because people don’t put them on right (or early enough)? I’m using condoms as a sole source of birth control and this freaked me out.

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  1. You are right to be suspicious! They are only 82% effective with typical use (https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/unintendedpregnancy/pdf/contraceptive_methods_508.pdf). An even “more real” way to think about it is this: If 100 women use condoms for birth control, 86 of them will end up pregnant after 10 years (Interactive tool here that is great to compare methods with that kind of thinking: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/14/sunday-review/unplanned-pregnancies.html?mcubz=0). This is mainly because people don’t use them correctly or consistently – there’s a lot of room for error. So basically, they are a MUST when it comes to preventing STIs, but as for birth control they aren’t the best. Longer-acting methods such as IUDs and Implanon work much more effectively!

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    1. THANK YOU. Just read the dollar store pregnancy test article, so I may be off to double check that I’m not part of the 18%. Really scary but glad to know now!

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      1. You bet! And be sure to check in with someone to discuss possibly starting another contraception option so you can be extra sure 🙂

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