MSD Manual

Please confirm that you are not located inside the Russian Federation

honeypot link
How Effective Is Contraception?

How Effective Is Contraception?

Method

Percentage of Women Who Become Pregnant During the First Year of Perfect Use*

Percentage of Women Who Become Pregnant During the First Year of Typical Use*

Hormonal methods (with estrogen and/or a progestin)

0.05%

Same as perfect use

0.3%

9%

0.2%

6%

0.2–0.5%, depending on the type used

Same as perfect use

0.3%

9%

0.3%

9%

Barrier contraceptives

8% (higher among women who have had children)

2% with male condoms

5% with female condoms

18% with male condoms

21% with female condoms

9% for women who have not had children

20% for women who have had children

12% for women who have not had children

24% for women who have had children

6%

12%

Other methods

0.6%

Same as perfect use

4% or higher, depending on the method

24%

Withdrawal method (coitus interruptus)

4%

22%

* About 85% of women become pregnant during 1 year of frequent intercourse if no contraception is used.