1. Many women may be putting too much faith in birth control pills and condoms. Nearly half of the women questioned in a new study, published in theAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, thought these methods were better at preventing pregnancy than they really are. Just how far off were they? Here, a look at misconceptions about contraceptives, by the numbers:

    Annual pregnancy rate for women who take birth control pills, but fail to take them every day as directed

    Less than 1
    Annual pregnancy rate for women who take the pill as directed

    18 to 21
    Annual pregnancy rate for women who use condoms

    Percentage of women in the new study who overestimated the effectiveness of the pill and condoms

    Percentage of women using an IUD who have an unplanned pregnancy in a given year

    Percentage who have an unplanned pregnancy within a year despite the use of a contraceptive implant 

    High-end estimate, in percent, of women in the U.S. who use either an IUD or a contraceptive implant, the most effective birth-control methods

    Percentage of the 4,144 St. Louis-area women in the study who said they would have chosen an IUD or implant if they had received adequate counseling on their options

    Rough monthly maximum cost, in dollars, of birth control pills

    Up-front cost, in dollars, of an IUD, which should remain effective for 10 years

    400 to 800
    Cost range, in dollars, for an Implanon contraceptive implant

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    but for it to have any effectivity at all, people need to actual USE their birth control in a responsible manner
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    Nothing prevents pregnancy 100% besides abstinence. Having said that, birth control can be extremely effective when used...
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    And now you know. Or can mark this to drill down into the source of those numbers!
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    I was born 7 years after my mom had her tubes tied.
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