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Risk from Birth Control Misuse Compound Over Time

A new piece from The New York Times looks at the failure rates of different birth control methods using interactive charts. While, birth control failure rates reflect any given year, this piece examines the probabilities of pregnancy while using each method for up to 10 years. It finds that, over time, the risk for unplanned pregnancy increases. 

As expected, failure rates were greater if they were not used perfectly. For long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs), such as IUDs and implants, unplanned pregnancies always remained  low. Much of this is because these methods do not require a lot of the user. In other words, once these methods are inserted, they are being used perfectly.

To read the article and explore the charts, visit the New York Times website. To learn more about birth control methods, visit Know What U Want's website.

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