Contraception Myths

TOP 20 CONTRACEPTION MYTHS

There are a number of contraception myths that are confusing and do a good job of turning you off finding the best method of contraception for your birth control needs.

We hope the myths and facts below set the record straight on contraception once and for all!

By being in control of your fertility, you can avoid any unplanned surprises and, when you’re ready, choose the timing, spacing and size of your family. To explore contraception methods that best suit your life stage, read through our contraception info section or take the free printable survey to your Doctor for advice.

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IMP-10-AUS-6860-PE First issued December 2010
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Contraception fast facts

Contraception use

Almost a quarter of women surveyed about contraception and choice admit they have never considered changing from the contraceptive method they are currently using.
Contraception use

1 in 10 women say they are too uncomfortable to ask their partner to wear a condom.
Unplanned pregnancy

A Marie Stopes International survey revealed that an unplanned pregnancy was a reality for over half of the 2,003 Australian women surveyed.
Unplanned pregnancy

60% of these women were using contraception at the time they fell pregnant.
Unplanned pregnancy

The chances of a woman becoming pregnant from a single act of unprotected sex increases from almost nothing on day one of her period to 25% on the day prior to ovulation.
Talking to your GP

Research shows that 3 out of 10 Australian women have never visited their doctor specifically to talk about contraception or to have a contraception check-up.
Talking to your GP

49% of all women said that their doctor had never asked about their contraception during a check up.
Talking to your GP

7 out of 10 women said that their doctor had never encouraged them to consider alternative forms of contraception.
References
Safer sex and contraception fast facts – Family planning Victoria. Available at www.fpv.org.au. [Accessed December 2010].
Marie Stopes International Australia. Media release: research shows women place low priority on contraception. 25 August 2010.
Marie Stopes International Australia. Real Choices: Women, contraception and unplanned pregnancy. January 2008. Available at www.mariestopes.com.au/research. [Accessed December 2010 ].
IMP-10-AUS-7288-PE. First issued February 2011.
References
Marie Stopes International Australia. Media release: research shows women place low priority on contraception. 25 August 2010.
Marie Stopes International Australia. Real Choices: Women, contraception and unplanned pregnancy. January 2008. Available at www.mariestopes.com.au/research. [Accessed December 2010 ].
IMP-10-AUS-7288-PE. First issued February 2011.
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