7 Reasons Why Contraceptives Sometimes Fail ...

Contraceptives fail…I know, it is something we do not like to admit, but they do. That is just the risk we take when we have sex. Why contraceptives fail has been something researchers have looked deeply into.

I have also looked into this matter. If you use contraceptives and you have suddenly found yourself pregnant, then this can be a big surprise for you. The truth is that fifty three percent of unplanned pregnancies happen in women that are using contraceptives.

Below, I am going to give you 7 main reasons why contraceptives fail…

7. Not following the Instructions ...

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A key cause behind contraceptive failure is nesting behind not following instructions. If you are using birth control pills, then you need to take them every single day in order to reduce the chances of contraceptives failing as well as unplanned pregnancy. When you are using condoms as a contraceptive, then it is important that you follow the instructions and do NOT use them twice. Yes, ew, but some people do that.

6. Diaphragm Failure ...

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Whenever women use the diaphragm, they need to make sure the cervix has been completely covered before they have sex. Users of IUD will need to check to make sure the device is still placed properly each month.

5. Contraceptives Used Inconsistently ...

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Another reason why contraceptives fail is that they are used inconsistently. Forgetting to take one birth control pill can raise those chances of getting pregnant. Forgetting just one time could equal to you getting pregnant. Why contraceptives fail for you should not be because you forgot…

4. Condoms Breaking ...

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Yes, from time to time, it will happen. Condoms break and that can lead to you saying “oh no.” Some say the spermicide on the condom will kill it, but this is not true! Condoms can break because of improper storage, expired, improper usage, applying a water-based lubricant or jewelry, fingernails or some other object created a small tear in it. If condoms are your choice in contraception, then make sure you use vaginal spermicide in order to decrease the risk of an unplanned pregnancy. There is always the morning after pill if your contraceptive method fails!

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3. Certain Herbs and Drugs ...

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Contraceptive failure could be because of a woman taking certain herbs or drugs. If you are using oral contraceptives, then you should ask your doctor if the medication or herbs you are using will reduce the effectiveness of the pill you are taking.

2. Not in the Fertile Period ...

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Believing that it is safe to have unprotected sex as you are not in your fertile period can be a big mistake and it could lead to an unplanned pregnancy There is no safe time of the month for you to have unprotected sex. You will always be taking a chance, even if you are on your period.

1. Obesity ...

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Research has shown that overweight and obese women that use oral contraceptives are 60 to 70 percent more likely to get pregnant.

As you see, there are many reasons why contraceptives fail. There are plenty reasons - they fail because of “user malfunction,” drugs, expiration, forgetting to use them and just plain failing, it just something we all need to keep in mind. And whatever the reason turns out to be, it's always better to be prepared with an emergency contraceptive handy!

Have you been on birth control and still got pregnant? What did you do about it? I was on birth control the second time I got pregnant and am not overweight. I don’t really know WHY it failed, but I viewed the little one as a miracle that just wanted to bless this world with their being.

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