When Contraception Fails

Of the 74 million unintended pregnancies that occur each year in developing countries, 1/3 are due to failed contraception, according to a Guttmacher Institute study of 43 countries.

The causes of high failure rates will require additional analysis, though it’s known that withdrawal and rhythm methods were most likely to fail and longer-acting methods like IUDs, subdermal implants and injection were least likely to do so, according to Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The Quote: "Many factors, such as the quality of contraceptive services, availability of a range of methods, and the continuous availability of contraceptive supplies in that country, may contribute to this finding," says lead author Chelsea Polis.
Thomson Reuters Foundation

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