Are you thinking about having sex or have you had sex already? What are your odds of getting pregnant? Here are the numbers for you!
Out of 100 women having unprotected sex for a year, 85 of those women would be pregnant. Those who used a condom most of the time with some breakage or removing of the condom, 18 out of 100 of those women would be pregnant. And of women whose partners used condoms perfectly, 2 out of 100 women would get pregnant. Condoms are the most common type of birth control. If you would like more information on failure rates for other types of birth control, information can be found on the CDC’s website.
If you are having sex, even “protected sex,” it is possible you could become pregnant! Did you know that the failure rate of birth control is such a reality that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that ALL women who are at an age where pregnancy is possible take 400mcg of folic acid every day. Taking folic acid can almost completely prevent serious birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly (a baby born without a brain). For more information, contact your OB/GYN or call the Pregnancy Resource Center to discuss how you can make healthy choices about folic acid and your sexuality.
Even one act of sex without using a barrier method can result in pregnancy ( ACOG).
CDC website: The U. S. Public Health Service and CDC recommend that all women of childbearing age consume 0.4 mg (400 micrograms) of folic acid daily to prevent two common and serious birth defects: spina bifida and anencephaly.
All women between 15 and 45 years of age should consume folic acid daily because half of U.S. pregnancies are unplanned and because these birth defects occur very early in pregnancy (3-4 weeks after conception), before most women know they are pregnant.
CDC estimates that most of these birth defects could be prevented if this recommendation were followed before and during early pregnancy.