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I'm Pregnant? But I Took Precautions

Unintentional Pregnancy Vladimir Ceresna/PhotoSpin

Every year, millions of women get pregnant in the United States. Many pregnancies are planned and welcomed, but a surprising number of babies are born as a result of unplanned pregnancies.

According to an NBC News article on the topic, over one-third of pregnancies are unplanned or unintended. The statistic has remained relatively the same since 1982. That means that one in three babies is conceived unintentionally.

CBS News said that three million pregnancies are unplanned every year, yet “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 99 percent of women having sex had used at least one method of birth control between 2006 and 2008.”

Even though precautions are taken, the chance of getting pregnant still exists.

Young sexually active people in particular are susceptible to pregnancies. Some are using contraceptives in the wrong manner or aren't using any methods of preventing pregnancy.

Hoping pregnancy won't happen is not a safe or realistic option. Sooner or later, not using contraceptives while being sexually active could result in pregnancy.

A large percentage of girls are taking oral contraceptives such as the Pill to prevent pregnancy, but they take it irregularly. This increases the risk of conceiving accidentally.

“A new study shows that women who use birth control pills, the patch or vaginal ring are 20 times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy than those who use an intrauterine device (IUD) or implant,” according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and mentioned in the CBS article.

The study, which consisted of 7,500 sexually active female participants ranging in age from 14-45, asked the women to choose a method of contraception to prevent pregnancy for a year.

“They were each instructed about the benefits and side effects of IUDs, implant, birth control pills, patch, ring and contraceptive injection and then allowed to chose which one they wanted to use free of charge” said the CBS News article. Then they were interviewed at three-month intervals by researchers.

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