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redxdaisy
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hello, i have a question about the pill. i am on LoEstrin24fe. It says in the insert that it is 99% effective. I am wondering if anybody knows anything about the 1% that it doesn't work for? Like, for example, are they generally very sexually active, older, younger, or don't use condoms? I'm just afraid I will fall in this 1%. I plan on using a condom and have been taking my birth control at the same time for about a month now, but I'm still kind of worried. So if anybody knows why there is a fail rate of 1% your advice would be appreciated!
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Heather
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It's actually less than 1% -- more like .3%.

Understand that that's not .3% of all people. Rather, of every 100 people using the pill perfectly as a sole method (as in, not with condoms) in one year, .3% become pregnant.

Age varies widely on that, though all birth control methods fail more among people under 35 rather than over.

It's pretty clear there are basically just some people who are so fertile that hormonal methods just don't work for them. Those of us who do or have worked in abortion care will tend to run into people in this spot often enough.

But I'd just remember the math on that one: it is a very small percentage of people, and if you are adding a backup method, that increases your protection profoundly.

We do just like to remind people that while having two methods fail would be very unusual, if we ever want to take NO risk of pregnancy, or just feel like a pregnancy would topple our world, it can be wise just to choose not to have the kinds of sex during that time which can cause pregnancy since no methods, even combined, are 100%.

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okay thank you very much you guys are great!!!
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