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miss ashli
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Ok, i was reading over the pregnacy risk chart and yeah, i have heard that no birth control is totally and %100 effective.. And i jus wanted to ask.. why?? I mean, if you use a condom, and you have no problems with it.. it doesnt slide off, or break or anything, why do you still have a low chance of getting pregnate? Well.. jus wondering. Perhaps some one could help me...?

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ErinK
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Well, no birth control (except for abstinence, and by abstinence I mean refraining from engaging in any kind of sexual activity that carries even the slightest risk for pregnancy) is perfect.

Condoms might have a hole in them that you didn't notice until after the fact, for example. Birth control pills can be rendered ineffective if you forget to take them at the right time or if you are taking other medications that interfere with them, or if you have an undiagnosed condition or illness that interferes with the pill's effectiveness.

If a condom or another birth control method is used correctly, as you describe, the chances for pregnancy (and STD transmission, in the case of condoms) is much lower. However, since no one's perfect and no birth control device is, there's always a chance.

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It means that not over an individual time, but over a given time period.

Por ejemplo: If you use condoms as your birth control method for a year, you have -- chance of getting pregnant within that year.

It's not saying that even if it doesn't slip and everything goes great that there's still a chance you'll get pregnant. It allows for user error and product flaws.

Capisce?

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miss ashli
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Ok, lemme try to get this straight. It means that if everytime you have sex you use a condomS for a yr, then you have a chance in that YR.... it doesnt jus mean that you have a chance every individual time you use a condom

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No, the two tie in together. Let's say, hypothetically, that seatbelts were not 100% effective in car accidents. Out of every 100 wrecks, they only worked 97 times. So, everytime you wear one when you drive, you've got that 3% chance that if you get in an accident, it won't work. That doesn't mean it absolutely won't work, or will work, if you use it more of if you use it less. However, you're still putting yourself at greater risk of getting hurt if you NEVER wear your seat belt. Does that help any?

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lemming
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but wishbone, that's not what the birth control statistics mean, to the best of my understanding.

to use your example, the way the ortho tri-cyclen pamphlet explains it says that if you use a seatbelt for a year, there is a 3% chance that that seatbelt will fail at least once during that year.

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Condoms aren't 100% effective simply because of quantum probability. A sperm might teleport or something. :P

Of course there are many other reasons, like breakages, microscopic holes, factory defects, etc. But you definitely can't rule out quantum probability.


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