Chances for a Pregnancy

Most women at one time or another have “the big scare.” Either you wait it out in torture hoping your period arrives soon or you take charge, bite the bullet, and buy a home pregnancy test to find out NOW. Either way, most women have experienced it at least once. And let’s face it women today have more of a wide variety of choices in contraceptives than their grandmothers or even their mothers did.

Some of the old “tried and true” methods have been around a long time. Withdrawl – which is a lot like using nothing at all and has a 27% failure rate in one hundred couples in just one year. And let’s use the actual number because face it we’re dealing with humans so we should count the human error, but remember if any of these methods are used “perfectly” the risk goes down.

Now if you happen to be a breast-feeding mom, your chances of getting pregnant are about 6%. But who can find the time for sex when you’re a breast-feeding mom?

If you use condoms, it’s better to use the male condom, it has a failure rate of 15% versus the female condom at 21%.

The cervical cap and sponge are doubly partial to ladies who’ve never been pregnant – 16% as opposed to women who have a child at 32% failure rate.

The spermicides have a 29% failure rate, but remember this includes the human error factor. They can also lessen the risk if mixed with other methods.

Moving on to the pill, one of the most widely used contraceptives for years. Of course now it’s not just “the pill” you’ve got your choice of the original pill (various types), the mini pill and the new controversial morning after pill. The pill, with human error has an 8% failure rate, but if used perfectly has only a .3% failure rate. And ladies please do not forget that some antibiotics can cancel out the pill. Make sure to ask your doctor if he prescribes antibiotics.

There are two methods left that have been around awhile, one is the IUD. Only now there’s the IUD (copper) and the IUD (mirena). The copper IUD has a .6% failure rate while the mirena IUD has the lowest risk, best rating of .1%. The other “old” method is the diaphragm with a 16% failure rate.

Now there are the new methods – the shots, the patch, and the ring, in order of best to least. Depo Provera and Lunelle shots have a 3% failure rate while the ring and the Ortho Evra patch have an 8% failure rate. You also have to include the convenience factor too. Do you want to have to run to the bathroom every time “the mood” hits? Or would you like to have something more permanent? Of course there’s also Essure pbc and tubal ligation, (surgery) if you’re really sure you don’t ever want to be pregnant. But there are cases of women who have had surgery and then had it “undone” later so they could try to have children.

For all of you ladies who are unsure, you can get pregnant even if he doesn’t ejaculate, (hello pre-ejaculate), you can get pregnant while having your period, and of course you can get pregnant the first time you have sex. Some doctors will tell you that elevating your legs immediately after intercourse can improve your chances of becoming pregnant, however using a female cleaning apparatus immediately after intercourse does not keep you from becoming pregnant.

So do your homework ladies and stay informed. When in doubt ask your physician.

Comments (2 comments)

how can someone get pregnant when shes having her periods

linah bwibo / October 15th, 2009, 5:28 pm / #

The sperm stays alive inside you for a few days… and if your cycle is short, it can survive till your eggs are ready for it. Or something like that) I am not a doctor, but heard that version on another website

Anonymous / June 14th, 2010, 3:39 am / #

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