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Birth Control Failure Rates

Other Methods

Although the first methods of birth control that come to mind for many people include the hormonal or barrier methods, there are other methods that do not fit into either of those categories. Some of these are very reliable; others are not. See the following table for failure rates for these other methods of birth control:
Percentage of Women With Accidental Pregnancy in the First Year of Use
  

Method

Typical Use

Perfect Use

Female sterilization (tubal ligation)
0.5
0.5
Male sterilization (vasectomy)
0.15
0.1
0.8
0.6
Withdrawal
19
4
Periodic abstinence (the "rhythm method")
25
1 to 9
No method
85
85
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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