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Dukhi
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Recently i've both seen or heard of a surprising number of people i either know or used to know who are unintentionally pregnant or had an unplanned pregnancy and now have a child.

This is slightly unnerving for me, the thought of that occurring with my girlfriend and i scares me cause its not something im prepared for.

So my question is this: what is the most common reason for unwanted pregnancies? Negligence with birth control? Complete lack of birth control?

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Heather
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Not using an effective method of birth control certainly heads the list. Next up, not using one consistently -- every time -- or correctly.

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Molias
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I don't know that we can really know this, as we don't know everyone's situation when they become pregnant. But certainly, *not* using any birth control is what makes people most likely to become pregnant when they're having the kinds of sex that carry a pregnancy risk. Using birth control improperly can cause problems too, but often even misused birth control methods will provide some protection.

Looking at your previous posts, it sounds like you've been using condoms; do you have a sense of how to do this properly?

If you aren't comfortable with any chance of pregnancy, then you can always choose not to have sex that carries a pregnancy risk. If you feel like any sex, even with condoms, makes you really anxious about pregnancy, then this may be a good choice for now.

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Dukhi
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I know i am using condoms properly every time, thats not the part that concerns me. The reason im posting this is because part of me is curious as to what the corcumstances were that resulted in these people being pregnant, however thats not really an appropriate question.
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Heather
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Again, the data that's been collected on this over time almost always bears out to show that most unintended pregnancies are due to NO method, at all (including condoms), being used. And next in line are methods being used, but not used consistently or correctly.

Of course, if you're in your late teens or in your 20s, know that this is also the time most people are most fertile, so you're going to start seeing more pregnancies than you did before, since that's the age group where there are the most pregnancies overall.

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Good point, thanks for the response heather!
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Heather
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Once people get into their 20's that's also most typically the age group with the highest frequency of sex, so there's that, too.

Combine it with high fertility *and* no use to only intermittent or improper use of birth control methods, and you can see it's basically the perfect storm.

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