Even Best Contraceptive Methods Can Fail
Unplanned Pregnancies Sometimes Occur Among Birth Control Users
One unplanned pregnancy out of three was due to regular non-use of contraception. The most common reason given -- by 64% of the women -- was the belief that there was no risk of pregnancy. But one in eight women said they did not know where to go for birth control advice.
"There is a definite need for better information about all of the birth control options available," reproductive health advocate Melissa Dear tells WebMD. "Healthcare professionals need to be better trained to give women information about all of their choices, and they need to help them identify which ones will work best for them." Dear is a spokeswoman for the Family Planning Association in the U.K.
Bajos agrees that medical professionals who council women about their contraception options need to be made aware that a one-method-fits-all approach does not work.
"One way to help reduce abortions is to help women chose the best birth control methods for them," she says. "Obviously, as we saw in this study, that doesn't always mean oral contraceptives, because it won't work if you have a lifestyle that is not conducive to taking a pill every day."