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Why Use Contraception?


Updated June 12, 2014

Question: Why Use Contraception?


According to the Guttmacher Institute, which researches family-planning issues, about 50% of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, 42% of unintended pregnancies end in abortion, and it's estimated that one-third of American women will have had an abortion by the time they're 45.

Women who choose not to use any birth control and who are sexually active for one year have an 85% chance of becoming pregnant in that year (depending on variables such as age and frequency of intercourse).



We're fortunate to live in a day and age where there are many birth control options available – natural methods, over the counter choices, prescription options, and surgical procedures .

The use of contraception can significantly lower your chances of becoming pregnant and some types can even reduce your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection.

People choose to use contraceptives (birth control) for a variety of reasons. Choosing the birth control that is right for you is a personal decision and should be an informed one.
  • You may have decided that you don’t wish to have children or would love them – just at a later point in your life.
  • You may choose to use birth control to help space the timing of the births of your children.
  • You may be feeling like your family is complete, so you wish to guard against the possibility of becoming pregnant again.
Because we are all individuals and have our own unique needs, so too, we may prefer a particular contraceptive method over another – depending on our sexual, moral, or reproductive needs.




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