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How effective is each contraceptive?


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How effective is each contraceptive?
 
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Permanent (also called sterilization):

  • Tubal ligation (female) - 99.5%
  • Vasectomy (male) - 99.9%

Available with a prescription:

  • Implant (over 5 years) - 99%
  • Injectable contraception - 99%
  • Combined contraceptive pill - 99%
  • Progestogen-only pill - 99%
  • Intra-uterine device (IUD) - 99%
  • Intra-uterine system (IUS) - 99%

Available without a prescription:

  • Male condom - 98%
  • Female condom - 95%
  • Diaphragm with spermicide (foam or jelly) - 92%

Natural family planning:

  • Withdrawal - 77%
  • Rhythm method - 76%
  • Ovulation predictor - 94%

Note: These are approximate figures. The success rates of most forms of contraception depend on them being used correctly.

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