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.
> 2. MYTH: THE PILL IS LESS RELIABLE THAN CONDOMS
2. Myth: The pill is less reliable than condoms
The combined pill is 99% effective if taken correctly. By comparison, the condom is 98% effective if used correctly.
However, when we look at typical use figures which indicate failure rates for women who do not take consistently or always correctly use their birth control, it is estimated that out of 100 women using the pill for one year, eight would fall pregnant. Out of 100 women using the condom with their partner for one year, it is estimated that 15 would fall pregnant.
That said, the only way to protect yourself against STIs is to use a condom.
If you'd like to have a chat to an expert about contraception, give Marie Stopes International a call on 1800 772 727 or talk to your GP
IMP-10-AUS-6860-PE First issued December 2010