Why do you believe most women don't use birth control? I would have to say that *most* do yet even in that birth control isn't 100% effective.
The only way a woman can completely protect herself from getting pregnant is to abstain.
Well, many I know do. Perhaps it's our age bracket. Some can't because of underlying medical reasons (I have some that prevent me from using certain methods, IUD being one of them). Others track their cycles and if they do end up pregnant, they won't be too surprised.
In this stage of life, most of my friends (including myself) aren't actively trying to get pregnant, but wouldn't abort if we did. Most of us are still growing our families, or thinking of it. Others who are done their growing have opted for a tubal ligation.
I found a study that showed that the majority of women are using contraception, but they didn't examine whether the women were using it correctly. Education in using it correctly makes a huge difference in how well it works. They said that almost nine in 10 women who are at risk of unintended pregnancy (women who are sexually active, able to become pregnant, and neither pregnant nor trying to become pregnant) are using a contraceptive method. But I've also read snippets elsewhere stating that many women getting abortions have used the pill or another method in the last 6 months before conceiving. I don't have any stats on how reliably contracepting women are using their contraception. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=15633582&ordinalpos=3&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
The oral birth control pill is the most commonly used form, followed by surgical sterilization and then condom use. If stratified by age group, younger women use condoms, 20-30's use the pill, and over 35's turn to sterilization.
This is where we could really help people by encouraging use of the IUD, the Ring, Implanon, and other methods that have lower rates of user error.
One good piece of news: "before 1980, only 43 percent of women (or their partner) used a method of birth control at their first premarital intercourse. By 1999-2002, the proportion using a method at first premarital intercourse had risen to 79 percent."
This is something that must depend largely on local culture and sex ed programs. One great sex ed program can turn a lot of young people around, open their eyes up to what damage they are doing to themselves and others by having sex irresponsibly.
I can report that among my friends as I grew up and went through college, thinking about sex carefully was the cool thing to do. We didn't encourage girlfriends in one-night stands, and we reminded each other about contraception. I think it changed our group that one of the girls had gotten herpes in high school and made it her life mission to accurately educate practically the whole planet... we were safer sex dorks, including holding off on sex encounters until we were sure we wanted to do it.
"...but they didn't examine whether the women were using it correctly."
VERY important! I became pg on the pill. I don't think anyone ever told me taking it at the same time everyday increased it's effectivness, not that this is the reason I became pg on it.
I want to say I read once, a LONG time ago that a woman got angry with her doctor/pharmacist for not explaining spermicidal jelly well enough to her. She had been putting it on her toast and became pregnant. Not at all sure if the story is true or just a false rumor but sadly I wouldn't put it past some.
"I want to say I read once, a LONG time ago that a woman got angry with her doctor/pharmacist for not explaining spermicidal jelly well enough to her. She had been putting it on her toast and became pregnant."
I haven't exactly figured out just yet how I'm going to explain the (sudden and loud) burst of laughter I just had to my co-workers, but this has got to be one of the funniest Darwin Award-eligible stories I have ever read.
Just how stupid can stupid get?
Yay! I made someone laugh today, that makes me happy! ;)
Like I said, I don't know if it's even true and it was quite a while ago that I read it, like prior to the internet being prevalent but I don't doubt it *could* happen.
Lol, you have to do better than that. What magazine? Do you have an internet source for that information? What is the credibility of the magazine?
Reading a poll in a magazine like Self or Cosmo does't constitute factual statistical information.
I think wobit posted a factual site, check it out.